PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The days are ticking past, leaving D.J. Carrasco frustrated and pessimistic that he will break camp with the Mets.
"It's not looking that way," Carrasco said of his chances to be ready by Opening Day.
Though Carrasco threw off a mound on Friday for the third time since twisting his right ankle last week, he felt uncomfortable in defensive drills the previous day. Based upon that, Carrasco is wary of the team's plans to have him pitch in a Minor League game Sunday, though he has yet to discuss the matter with pitching coach Dan Warthen or trainer Ray Ramirez.
"Judging by that, I still can't field my position yet," Carrasco said. "You've got to be able to go 100 percent of everything, not just throwing."
To combat his injury, the right-hander has been using strips of electric blue medical tape, called Kinesio tape, to promote circulation in his ankle and reduce swelling.
If Carrasco is indeed unable to go on Opening Day, it would make Bobby Parnell and Miguel Batista the heavy favorites -- if they aren't already -- to claim the final two spots in New York's bullpen. Four bullpen jobs are already taken, with Garrett Olson leading a separate competition to replace Tim Byrdak as the left-handed specialist.