Meet the Mets
After a promising prognosis earlier in the day, which included a live bullpen session, Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with a grade 1 hamstring tear after an MRI.
Though it is unclear how much time Carrasco will miss, he almost certainly won’t be available for opening day and likely many weeks after.
There’s now a decent possibility that Noah Syndergaard will return to the Mets rotation before Carrasco.
Syndergaard hit 96 mph during a bullpen session today.
Marcus Stroman called the news “devastating” but praised the depth of the team’s starting pitching.
Stroman struck out six batters in five innings in the Mets 3-1 loss to the Nationals on Thursday.
James McCann knocked in the only run for the Mets, while Luis Guillorme made a beautiful play at shortstop, prompting applause from his pitcher.
Citi Field will allow 20% of its capacity to attend the Mets home opener, up from the original cap of 10%. The Mets also updated their ticket policy for impacted games.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo showed his reversable Mets/Yankees mask to the media. Jordan Yamamoto did not approve.
Around the National League East
Kyle Schwarber hit a wall-scraping home run off Stroman in the second inning of the Nationals victory over the Mets. Jon Lester also made his spring debut for the Nats.
Talking Chop went over the odds of Ronald Acuña winning the NL MVP.
The Good Phight acknowledged the likelihood of Obdubel Herrera winning the starting center field position in Philadelphia while wrestling with his accusations of domestic violence.
Around Major League Baseball
The Yankees will also enforce a 20% capacity at their home opener, as well as mandate mobile ticketing and cashless transactions at the ballpark.
Madison Bumgarner and Adam Wainwright talked about what will likely be their last season to hit in the majors.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Both Brian and I displayed cautious optimism about Miguel Castro and Tomás Nido, respectively.
Brian led a chat with Shawn Coleman of Talking Chop on Locker Room.
This Day in Mets History
Two out of the three members of “Generation K”—Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson—suffered season-ending injuries three years apart in 1996 and 1999 respectively.
Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, whose only season with the Mets came in their inaugural 1962 season, was born on this day in 1927.