Carlos Carrasco had surgery Tuesday "to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow," the Mets announced Wednesday.
In its news release, the team did not reveal how long Carrasco’s recovery is expected to take, noting only that he "will resume baseball activities later this winter." A source familiar with the situation said Carrasco will be ready at the start of spring training or shortly thereafter, potentially delayed a week or so.
Dr. David Altchek, the Mets' medical director, performed the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
The revelation of that ailment might help explain Carrasco’s struggles in 2021. After missing most of the season with a torn right hamstring, Carrasco, 34, returned in late July and posted a 6.04 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in a dozen starts.
That was not the sort of year the Mets expected from Carrasco when they acquired him alongside Francisco Lindor via trade with Cleveland in January. He entered spring training with the best track record of any Mets starting pitcher besides Jacob deGrom. But in March the Mets shut him down for a few days with what they described as a sore right elbow, an issue followed quickly by the hamstring injury.
Carrasco has totaled 201 2/3 innings the past three seasons, limited in 2019 by leukemia, in 2020 by the pandemic-shortened season like everyone else and in 2021 by his hamstring.
Heading into 2022, Carrasco figures to be a rotation lock with deGrom and Taijuan Walker. Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman are free agents, and Tylor Megill and David Peterson are options.