Trade targets? Mets could boost rotation

NEW YORK — Recent setbacks for Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard have altered the Mets’ pitching landscape. When the Mets broke camp in March, they hoped for both of those players to be in their rotation by June. Now, both remain weeks, if not months, away.

As such, rotation help is the area the Mets are most likely to supplement in advance of the July 30 Trade Deadline. As things currently stand, the Mets have three standout starting pitchers in Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker. Two others, David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi, stand on shakier ground due to their on-field performances, with no obvious candidates pushing for promotions at Triple-A Syracuse. As such, general manager Zack Scott acknowledged on Friday that pitching could be a target in the coming weeks.

“If I’m projecting out, it’s going to be the most obvious area of need, just because of the timelines of those two injuries,” Scott said, referring to Carrasco and Syndergaard. “But hopefully, we have some guys step up.”

The Mets recently shut down Carrasco’s throwing program because he was not making the type of strength gains they expected in his rehab from a torn right hamstring. Carrasco received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his leg earlier this week and will not begin throwing again until next week.

Mets officials do retain hope that Carrasco can join the rotation by mid- to late July. But even after he begins…

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