Mets’ Carlos Carrasco to soon throw five innings, ramps up rehab from torn hamstring

Carlos Carrasco pitching at 2021 Mets spring training

Carlos Carrasco pitching at 2021 Mets spring training

Mets supervisor Luis Rojas offered another favorable upgrade on Carlos Carrasco Monday, stating the veteran right-hander is close to tossing 5 innings in a simulated video game.

This one comes as a little bit unexpected, however, due to the fact that Carrasco had a return date around mid-to-late Might. He has actually been advancing well in his rehabilitation from a torn hamstring, tossing a couple innings last Sunday and dealing with live players. However this is a huge action for him, as Rojas stated the Mets are wanting to get him to the Alternate Website quickly to start simulated video games.

“Carrasco is going to throw four innings now. That’s his next one,” Rojas stated before the Mets’ contest against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. “We’re thinking of him coming to the Alternate Site soon to start throwing simulated games there. He is doing PFPs, covering his position. His swinging, he’s hitting. He’s progressing on all the other things he has to do even outside of pitching, facing batters. He’s doing really good right now, so we’ll see what the next step is.

“I think he’s going to go to five innings next outing and then we’ll keep seeing — like I stated, it’s a week to week approach. We’ll see how his running is because it’s a hamstring injury. Pitcher running and doing all the things naturally we want to test that. But he’s in a good position right now.”

If all goes well for Carrasco and he continues positively throughout these steps, his Mets debut may be sooner than that predicted May date.

Seth Lugo and Drew Smith making progress

Along with Carrasco, these two bullpen arms are still working their way back to the Mets. Lugo had surgery on Feb. 16 to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow, and the last time Rojas addressed Lugo, he hadn’t been throwing yet.

That changed.

“Lugo is playing catch. He hasn’t thrown off the slope yet. That can potentially be next week,” he stated.

As for Smith, he has been dealing with right shoulder soreness that ended his spring training early. Rojas stated that he is playing catch too.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.