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Mets to use Jacob Barnes as opener Saturday against Astros

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — As the Mets attempt to determine the again finish of their rotation, supervisor Luis Rojas will head to the laboratory Saturday.

The grand experiment will entail utilizing Jacob Barnes as an opener, who would pitch one or two innings against the Astros, earlier than giving the ball to Joey Lucchesi.

“Lucchesi has come out of the bullpen twice, and he’s very honest, we want to see how he responds,” Rojas stated earlier than the Mets lost to the Nationals in an exhibition sport Friday night time. “Why not do it when he has one more outing in camp and we can get a good feel on how he feels out there and if he feels there is no difference? I look at a lot of our relievers, and the vast majority can probably do it.”

David Peterson, who began Friday, will assume a spot within the Mets’ rotation, however one other opening exists due to the precise hamstring tear that can place Carlos Carrasco on the injured checklist to start the season.

Lucchesi, a lefty, isn’t a lock for the rotation or bullpen, in accordance to Rojas — who talked about Jerad Eickhoff and Mike Montgomery as different pitchers into account for a task. The job competitors narrowed in current days when Jordan Yamamoto was optioned to the minor leagues and Corey Oswalt was reassigned.

Jacob Barnes
Jacob Barnes
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Barnes’ stock has risen with 4 straight scoreless outings within the Grapefruit League.


Noah Syndergaard threw from the stadium mound with hitters within the field (who weren’t allowed to swing). Though the right-hander will start the season on the 60-day injured checklist as he completes his rehab from Tommy John surgical procedure, he has impressed Rojas together with his dedication this spring. Included was displaying up Thursday when gamers had a whole break day to play catch.

“He’s in unbelievable shape,” Rojas stated.

Syndergaard has hit 97 mph on the radar gun in current days, in accordance to Rojas, and is throwing his full assortment of pitches.

“From what I have seen it looks like he is ready to pitch,” Jacob deGrom stated. “But you follow those guidelines that you don’t want to rush it back, so the goal is to get healthy and stay healthy.”

DeGrom underwent Tommy John surgical procedure shortly after he was drafted by the Mets in 2010.

“I went through that rehab process and I know, I was fortunate enough to where I felt good throughout, but there were times I was told to pump the brakes here a little bit here, don’t get too far ahead of yourself,” deGrom stated. “It’s definitely exciting knowing we are going to have [Syndergaard] back in the rotation. Seeing his bullpens and stuff, it’s been fun to watch.”

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