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Carlos Carrasco has a strained right hamstring

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He’s going to get an MRI to determine the severity of the strain.

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After being slowed down this spring due to elbow soreness, Carlos Carrasco strained his right hamstring today after doing some conditioning after throwing some live batting practice. He is scheduled to get an MRI to determine the severity of the strain.

Carrasco has not made a Grapefruit League appearance yet after reporting late to camp, was set further back by his second COVID-19 vaccination and the aforementioned elbow soreness. After this morning’s live BP, Carrasco was said to be on schedule for his first start of the season.

Carrasco, who came to the Mets as part of the trade with Cleveland for Francisco Lindor, was projected to be the team’s second starter behind Jacob deGrom. With his Opening Day status quite seriously in question, the Mets will likely turn to Jordan Yamamoto or Joey Lucchesi to take Carrasco’s turn through the rotation until he is healthy. deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Taijun Walker, and David Peterson look to anchor the rotation in Carrasco’s absence.