"The first thing that came into my head was surgery," Carson said.
So Carson was beyond relieved when Wednesday's MRI revealed nothing more than a left triceps tendon strain. Carson is day to day and, although there is a strong chance he will not pitch again this season, the left-hander knows that things could have been far worse.
"It's a huge sigh of relief for me and for him," manager Terry Collins said. "I know he was extremely nervous and scared last night that this could have been a severe injury. It's not. It sounds great. Rest will be fine. So I know that the Carson household will be heading into a very good winter."
Along with Josh Edgin, Carson is a leading candidate to win a lefty specialist job in next year's Opening Day bullpen. After converting to relief work in Spring Training and thriving upon his promotion to Triple-A Buffalo, Carson settled into New York's bullpen for good in September. He submitted four consecutive scoreless outings prior to his injury.