Less than a week after he was shut down because of an achy elbow, New York Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco completed a successful bullpen session Tuesday.
“He threw 18 pitches and he felt great,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “Next step is to throw against live hitters, (simulated) games. On Thursday we expect that to be.”
The right-hander, who’ll turn 34 on Sunday, threw live batting practice March 8 but then felt elbow soreness and stuck to the Mets’ plan of rest and treatment for several days before he threw again Sunday from 75 feet.
There’s still a chance Carrasco could appear in one or two spring training games prior to the start of the Mets’ April 1 season opener at the Washington Nationals.
Carrasco, who is expected to work out of the Mets’ starting rotation this season, was acquired along with star shortstop Francisco Lindor in a trade from the Cleveland Indians on Jan. 7 for infielders Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, as well as minor leaguers Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene.
In career 242 games (195 starts), all with Cleveland, Carrasco is 88-73 with a 3.77 ERA and 1,305 strikeouts in 1,242 1/3 innings pitched.
–Field Level Media