CINCINNATI – Carlos Carrasco will get every opportunity to show he’s ready to join the Mets when he comes out in his second minor league rehab match, on Tuesday for Triple-A Syracuse at Trenton.
The right-hander, who is returning from a right hamstring injury that has kept him on the injury list since spring training, is expected to play three innings. In his initial rehab, last Thursday for Single-A Brooklyn, he went through two innings. With the Mets lacking proven weapons in the rotation, it’s likely that Carrasco will be allowed to return in the next house, even if it’s an abbreviated start. “We are aiming for three rounds [Tuesday],” said manager Luis Rojas, adding that Carrasco will “likely” be ready by then.
The Mets named Robert Stock their starting pitcher for Tuesday’s game. Stocks start in the first two-game draw against the Brewers on July 7 and allow for two games to be earned in four innings. The right winger threw an inning for Syracuse on Sunday.
Tomas Nido was behind the saucer for the second straight game because teammates liked the way he handled the pitcher the day before and wanted to keep his club in formation (he had two shots in the game against Pirates).
Nido won 1v3 before James McCann beat him and scored on the eighth turn of the Crazy victory Monday 15-11 in 11 innings. McCann, who played 2v3 with three RBIs on Monday, is expected to start in the catcher on Tuesday.
Needing fresh arms, the Mets chose Stephen Nogosek and Anthony Banda from Syracuse. Travis Blankenhorn has been selected to create space in the 26-man roster (the Mets previously had 25 players after Jacob deGrom was included in IL Sunday without a corresponding move). Corey Oswalt was transferred to the 60-day injury list and Johneshwy Fargas was appointed to make space on the 40-man list.
Banda, on his Mets debut, won with relief. He entered with a one-time lead at the bottom of Group 10 and immediately gave up head-to-head singles to Joey Votto and Tyler Naquin to score ghost athlete Mike Freeman and close the game. But with second and second place and no one out, Banda managed to get dangerous Eugenio Suarez to land a doubles and send Shogo Akiyama out to finish the threat. After getting the beater to take the lead in the 11th round, he dropped two more singles to allow another ghost runner to score, but Trevor May excelled and took the final two wins.
Sunday only marked the second time in franchise history the Mets won a game after falling behind six times in the first inning. The only other occurrence was on July 13, 1997 in Atlanta. In that game, the Mets fell 6-0 in the first inning and rose to win 7-6 in 10 innings.