Dumbbell Incident Leaves Mets Starter With Season-Ending Injury


It kind of sums up a disastrous New York Mets season. What else but a dumbbell injury could spell the end of an embarrassing 2023 campaign for starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco fractured the pinky finger on his throwing hand in the weight room when a 50-pound dumbbell fell on his hand. He'll need four to six weeks of recovery time, which of course takes us through the end of September at least, and quite clearly the end of the Mets' season as they've long since dropped out of playoff contention. 

The 36-year-old right-hander had a pin inserted, and he should be able to have a normal offseason of preparation, which he'll spend as a free agent. 

After a 3.97 ERA posted in 2022, the Mets picked up his $14M option for this year, but it's been a rough season for him, as he suffered from elbow inflammation along the way, and posted a gnarly 6.80 ERA in 90 innings. The final blow came in his last start back on Aug. 26th, when he surrendered 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 1.2 innings. That dropped him to 3-8. 

It'll be interesting to see what—if any—teams will be interested in the Venezuelan hurler going into his age-37 season and coming off a brutal campaign. 

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