The Mets are hoping to get some reinforcements for the pitching staff soon, as Carlos Carrasco hasn’t progressed as they would have liked and has been moved to the 60-day IL, and now it looks like both Seth Lugo and Noah Syndergaard could be back before Carrasco.
General manager Zack Scott told reporters on Saturday that both Lugo and Syndergaard are set to begin rehab assignments in as soon as a week, which would keep both on their expected timelines of a May and June return, respectively.
“Noah and Seth, we’re hoping they’re ready in a week or so to start rehab assignments,” Scott said. “That would be a good step forward for both of them to get them on their way back. I don’t think anything has really changed on their timeline.”
Lugo, who had surgery in February to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow, will be the first to return, barring any setbacks, while Syndergaard, who has been progressing well in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, could be following shortly after in what would be a big boost for New York’s pitching staff, in both the bullpen and starting rotation.
“Probably looking at late May with Seth, a reliever tends to be a little faster, and still some time in June with Noah,” Scott said. “But that’s really now kind of building them up to get game ready, so that’s a good next step.”
The outlook on Carrasco isn’t as optimistic, as the veteran isn’t responding as well as the team had hoped to his recovery program for a torn hamstring, which he suffered late in spring training. The initial timeline was around 6-8 weeks, but it looks like it will be much longer.
“In his case, when we hit certain checkpoints we were hoping to hit in terms of the intensity level going up, there was still an issue, to the point where we are going to back off on his progression,” Scott said. “I know there was a talk of a rehab outing or starting his rehab progression in games. That’s not going to happen, that’s going to wait awhile. I’m not going to put an estimate on that, because that’s an estimate based on how he feels and how he responds, but we’re going to back off on the hamstring a little bit right now.”
Carrasco, brought over in the trade for Francisco Lindor, will likely not make his Mets debut until closer toward the All-Star break. He would be eligible to come off the IL in early June, but Scott is hesitant to say he would be ready by then.
“It’s going to slow things down,” Scott said. “It’s hard to know exactly when, obviously we put him on the 60-day [IL] so that sets the best-case scenario up for early June, and whether he hits that or not, I’d probably say it’s in our best interest to take things slow….I would assume this is not an early June thing….the goal is to make sure when he’s back, he’s back for good.”
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