WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Carlos Carrasco saved his best for last in spring practice.
After two shaky Grapefruit League appearances that followed a rocky start in a minor league intrasquad game to start camp, the veteran right-hander gave the Mets a solid outing in Monday’s 3-3 draw with the Astros.
Carrasco allowed two earned runs with four hits and a walk over 4 ¹/₃ innings and walked after 62 pitches. The relief is that he is healthy after off-season surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow.
Last season, Carrasco tore his right hamstring in spring practice and didn’t appear for the Mets until late July.
“It’s very different right now,” Carrasco said. “Last year had a lot of ups and downs with my hammy and all that stuff but I came into spring training healthy so I feel ready. The elbow is great, even better than last year.”
Carrasco is expected to be placed behind Chris Bassitt and ahead of Taijuan Walker in the Mets rotation. His first start is expected to come in Washington on Saturday or Sunday, but nothing is official as the team await Tuesday’s Max Scherzer bullpen session.
Scherzer was scratched from his start on Saturday with a hamstring strain and his availability first time through the rotation could affect the alignment of the remaining starters.
The Mets have been without Jacob deGrom for some time because of a stress reaction in the right-hander’s shoulder blade.
“We have a lot of pitchers,” Carrasco said. “We have good guys in there and they have good talent so I’m pretty sure they’re going to go out there and do the job really well. [DeGrom’s injury] happened and there’s nothing we can do about it, so I hope he gets better every day and I’m pretty sure Scherzer will come back, so I think he’ll be ready.
Carrasco said he was impressed with Scherzer as a teammate.
“I really like his attitude, the way he talks – he talks to everyone, even the young people,” Carrasco said. “I really love the way he works, he works so hard. The day he hits he’s in there alone, but he’s a really good teammate.”
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