When the day started we heard Carlos Carrasco threw a live batting practice session that went well but by the end of the day he suffered a torn hamstring which will put him on the injured list for a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks.
Teammate Marcus Stroman put it best when he said, “It is devastating man because I see how hard he works and obviously we need him in this rotation, I think to be elite. I want him in rotation badly because I know how special he is and I know how great he has been in his career. So I am hoping that he proceeds through this,”
The big question for Luis Rojas is what does this do to the rotation, He has the trio of Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Taijuan Walker but the 4th and 5th spots are up for grabs. Those two spots will likely do to David Peterson and either Joey Lucchesi or Jordan Yamamoto, Corey Oswalt and veteran pitcher Mike Montgomery as well as Jerad Eickhoff.
And remember Seth Lugo and Noah Syndergaard are not expected back until later in the season so this a tough pill for the Mets to swallow. But the hurlers I mentioned above do give the Mets depth. However, I am sure the test to that depth is coming far earlier than the Mets anticipated.
Syndergaard threw a bullpen session yesterday in which he hit 96 MPH on the gun but I believe he is still 2-3 months from returning as he still has weeks of rehab in the short term that he must execute. The depth in the Met rotation has a bunch to do with what Carrasco brought to the table and without him that depth becomes razor thin.
With crisis comes opportunity and we saw that last year with Peterson and both Lucchesi and Yamamoto will get that chance