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Mets’ Carlos Carrasco leaves start vs. Astros with back tightness, days before Max Scherzer’s possible return

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New York Mets right-hander Carlos Carrasco pulled out of the start against the Houston Astros on Wednesday during the third inning with a strain in his lower back, according to the club. In Carrasco’s last line, he gave up five runs on four hits (including three home runs) and two walks in just 2 ⅓ innings.

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The Mets lost to the Astros 5-3 (box score), leading to their first draw of the season. New York is now 45-26 on the year, which is good for a five-game Eastern National League lead over the Atlanta Braves so far.

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Carrasco, 35, came out on Tuesday having started 13 games this season. In those games, he scored a 3.96 ERA (101 ERA+) and a 4.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Wednesday’s start will lift his seasonal ERA to 4.42.

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It’s unclear if Carrasco will miss time, but if he does, he’ll be the last notable member of New York’s rotation to need to be on the injured list. The Mets are already without ace Jacob de Grom (stress reaction in his shoulder blade), blockbuster free agent signing, Max Scherzer (tight oblique), and starting breakout Tylor Megill (tight shoulder).

On the other hand, both de Grohm and Scherzer took important steps towards recovery. This was reported by the New York Daily News on Tuesday. that deGrom had his first live batting practice since his spring injury. The next step for him will be sending him to rehab.

Meanwhile, Scherzer began his rehab earlier in the week. Mets manager Buck Showalter told reporters on Wednesday that Scherzer is a candidate in the big league club’s starting lineup on Sunday against the Miami Marlins. Scherzer has not performed since 18 May.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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