Mets Injury Updates: With the news of Jacob deGrom heading to the injured list, Mets fans became slightly more concerned about two starting pitchers who should be returning to the field soon. deGrom has carried the load for New York this season, and the other starters have followed his lead.
The Mets pitching staff is one of the best in baseball. The unit has a collective 2.89 ERA, and they are tied for sixth in batting average allowed at .214. deGrom is only on the ten-day injured list, but his latest bout of side tightness has shown that the pitcher is not invincible.
This fact makes it critical that Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard return to the rotation as soon as possible. The good news for New York fans is that these two hurlers are somewhat close to returning to the show. However, it may not be close enough with deGrom sidelined.
Mets Injury Updates: Carlos Carrasco
Carlos Carrasco is getting close to being back on the bump in the Big Apple. Carrasco’s loss was devasting for New York because he was having a great spring when he endured a torn right hamstring.
The Mets initially thought that Carrasco’s torn right hamstring would sideline him for six to eight weeks. Although, last week, New York added him to the 60-day injured list.
This front office move will not allow him to be on the mound until at least May 31. The Mets are not rushing him back to the show, especially after being in first place in the National League East after six weeks of play.
Carrasco’s injury extension was not caused by a retear of his hamstring. Nevertheless, he has not been able to push the muscle as much as trainers would hope at this point in the rehabilitation process.
He has been pitching in simulated games at New York’s extended Spring Training. Manager Luis Rojas is excited about having the pitcher return. Still, they want to see him start a couple of games with Triple-A affiliate Syracuse before returning to the big league. RHP Tommy Hunter was called up to take Carrasco’s spot on the 40-man roster.
Last week Rojas said, “We reassessed the timeline. There are some things we still want to test on the field.”
Mets Injury Updates: Noah Syndergaard
Noah Syndergaard let his presence be felt this season even though he has not set foot on a big-league mound yet. Whether it’s starting Twitter fights with Trevor Bauer or walking around the field shirtless, Thor never seems to be unknown.
It’s believed that Noah Syndergaard is slated to start his rehab assignment soon, coming off Tommy John surgery last year. It has been a long recovery road for Syndergaard, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Syndergaard has been pitching in extended Spring Training, and he could begin pitching with Triple-A Syracuse next week. It’s unclear how many starts the Mets will want to see from Syndergaard before joining the club in Queens.
It will probably be more than two, considering Syndergaard has not pitched in an MLB game since September 29, 2019, against the Atlanta Braves.
Thor is on track for a late June or early July return, which the Mets predicted when he underwent surgery in late March of last year.
Acting GM Zack Scott told the media, “I don’t think anything has really changed on their timeline,” regarding Syndergaard and deGrom.
For more Mets injury updates, check out their complete IL here.
Tanner Kern is a writer for Knup Sports and the Sports 2.0 Network. He is the host of Between the Lines, the official show of Baseball Spotlight, and the main contributor for the website. Connect with Tanner on IG @tannerkern and Twitter @tannerkern_.
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