Carlos Carrasco already facing batters as he works way back

Danny Abriano
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Carlos Carrasco pitching at 2021 Mets spring training
Carlos Carrasco pitching at 2021 Mets spring training

Mets manager Luis Rojas stopped short of saying Carlos Carrasco is ahead of schedule as he works his way back from a hamstring injury, but Carrasco is making serious progress.

"He's advanced really, really well," Rojas told reporters Friday via Zoom. "He's thrown a couple of side (sessions) and he actually faced batters the other day. He had one inning, it was like 15 pitches. He's off the slope."

Rojas said the Mets are still on a "week-to-week" approach with Carrasco, who still needs to build up and who needs to be able to field his position.

Carrasco tore his right hamstring on March 18, and the expectation at the time was that he would miss roughly six-to-eight weeks.

But going by how far he's progressed, it's probably fair to believe he could be able to return closer to the shorter end of that expectation.

That Carrasco has continued to throw should bode well since he won't have to do a full ramp up throwing-wise to get into game shape once his hamstring is 100 percent.