Mets’ Carlos Carrasco struggles in Grapefruit League start


PORT ST. LUCIE — Carlos Carrasco watched two of his pitches disappear behind the fence at Clover Park on Wednesday.

A gradual wind definitely didn’t assist the right-hander, whose Grapefruit League debut included three earned runs allowed on six hits and one stroll over 4 innings towards the Astros. 

Michael Brantley smashed a no-doubt, two-run homer towards Carrasco within the third inning. Within the fourth, Yordan Alvarez hit a solo homer that simply cleared the fence in left — the path through which the wind was blowing.

“It was an important pitch to Alvarez, an important pitch to Michael Brantley,” Carrasco mentioned. “I believe I might have thrown just a little extra inside to Michael Brantley. I do know he’s afraid of inside, and I believe I ought to have put that just a little bit extra inside for a ball and throw one other one down and away for a floor ball, however he simply bought in there.”

Carrasco, coming back from October surgical procedure to take away a bone fragment from his proper elbow, had pitched 3 ¹/₃ innings in an intrasquad minor league sport final week through which he allowed 5 earned runs, together with two homers.

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After throwing 45 pitches on this evening, Carrasco was eliminated. He later threw one other 15 pitches within the bullpen.

“I’m glad I went on the market and pitched and really feel wholesome,” Carrasco mentioned.

Robinson Cano will doubtless begin at first base Thursday towards the Nationals, in accordance with Buck Showalter, simply to offer him innings at a place he could play every so often throughout the common season.

The 39-year-old infielder final performed first base for the Mariners in 2018, when he began 10 video games on the place.

Eduardo Escobar, the Mets’ major third baseman, began at second on Wednesday additionally to obtain a have a look at a place at which he could also be wanted in some unspecified time in the future. 

“Simply since you’re an infielder doesn’t imply you’ll be comfy at any place,” Showalter mentioned. “It’s just like the outfield: Left subject, heart subject, proper subject is totally totally different. … We’re simply attempting to get them a unique angle, a unique look earlier than we get out of right here, as a result of [time] is dwindling.”

Robinson Cano will reportedly be back at first base for the Mets when they play against the Nationals.
Robinson Cano will reportedly be again at first base for the Mets after they play towards the Nationals.
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James McCann began behind the plate for a second straight sport after sitting out the earlier week with again discomfort. Showalter plans to offer McCann an evening off on Thursday.


David Wright is anticipated in camp Thursday as a visitor teacher. Al Leiter has been visiting in latest days in the identical capability. Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza and Mookie Wilson are among the many Mets alumni who’ve hung out in camp this spring interacting with gamers.

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