If any news is really good news, then any news seems to be bad news as far as the health of New York Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco is concerned.
As noted by Mets transmission partner CUT, team president Sandy Alderson explained during a Thursday appearance on MLB Network that he is “hopeful” Carrasco will be able to make his official debut for the club “between the beginning and end of July.”
Alderson’s update comes after Mets manager Luis Rojas told reporters Wednesday that the 34-year-old was no more flashing the slope of the mound while working to reinforce the torn muscle he suffered for the first time in March which keeps him out of the big leagues since before the start of the regular season. He joined the team through the January trade that included the Mets acquiring shortstop All-Star Francisco Lindor from the Cleveland Indians.
Carrasco was the first on track to make his way into the rotation in late May, but had that timeline returned everywhere between mid-June and early July. At the very least, it looks like it won’t be available at any point this month and, at worst, it could stay off the active list until the end of July and the trade deadline.
The Mets begin their home series this weekend versus the San Diego Padres at 30-24 overall and in first place in the Eastern National League standings but could need to acquire a pitcher for the next six weeks depending on the status quo. of Carrasco a month from now.