Carlos Carrasco took extra precautions before reporting to camp, which included receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Mets right-hander, who is in remission from leukemia, said he missed the first week of workouts on the advice of his doctors, who suggested additional measures.
“They just want to make sure my heart is fine, my leukemia is fine, so that is why the delay a little bit,” Carrasco said Saturday, a day after his first workout with the team.
Asked about the vaccine, Carrasco said he received the injection and indicated it was bringing him added comfort.
Carrasco, who was acquired, with Francisco Lindor, in a trade from Cleveland this winter, said he will likely miss his first turn through the Grapefruit League rotation because of his delay in getting to camp, but he doesn’t expect he will be set back for the regular season.
In 2019, Carrasco received his leukemia diagnosis and missed half the season.
Then came the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but Carrasco is confident he will build up enough stamina for a normal workload this year.
“I prepared my body,” he said. “I prepared my arm, all that kind of stuff, so just getting ready for the season, just getting back to 180 to 200 innings.”
Mets owner Steve Cohen was in camp for the second time this spring and remained visible during the workouts, chatting with manager Luis Rojas, team president Sandy Alderson and general manager Zack Scott, among others.
“We had a good baseball conversation,” Rojas said. “Just great baseball conversations and [Cohen] asking, we are talking about the games, he’s asking what to expect in the first couple of days and then going to every other field to see the guys doing the fundamentals and then taking BP. It’s great to have him around.”
Alex Cohen, the owner’s wife, was in camp Friday to announce the rebranding of the team’s philanthropic arm to the “Amazin’ Mets Foundation.”
Steve Cohen indicated he plans to visit spring training on most of the remaining weekends.
Harol Gonzalez is the scheduled starting pitcher for Monday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. Jordan Yamamoto is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Astros in Port St. Lucie.
— Additional reporting by Greg Joyce