DENVER — The first week of May appears in play for Carlos Carrasco’s debut with the Mets.
With the right-hander continuing his rehab in Port St. Lucie, after he went on the injured list last month with a right hamstring tear, the Mets are prepared for the possibility Carrasco will join the rotation within the next three weeks.
“I think any time within the next three weeks, depending on how he feels and what we’re seeing from him,” pitching coach Jeremy Hefner told The Post before the Mets’ doubleheader split against the Rockies on Saturday.
Carrasco in recent days threw four innings in live batting practice. He will remain in Florida, according to manager Luis Rojas — instead of reporting to the Mets’ alternate site camp — because the complex in Port St. Lucie offers better rehab facilities. Rojas said it’s unclear if Carrasco would have to pitch in a game before joining the Mets.
Seth Lugo and Noah Syndergaard are also rehabbing in Port St. Lucie.
Lugo, who is returning from February surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, will likely progress to throwing from a mound within the next week, according to Hefner. The right-hander has been long-tossing since late March.
And the Mets remain hopeful Syndergaard, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, will join the rotation in June.
Hefner said he could envision the Mets having a “ridiculous” pitching staff once Carrasco, Lugo and Syndergaard return.“I feel we have a pretty strong group now and then you are going to add those three guys to it, it’s getting ridiculous,” Hefner said. “It’s fun for me as the pitching coach to work with these guys.”
The Mets still have four more doubleheaders scheduled.
Those doubleheaders are scheduled for June 19 at Washington; June 25 versus Philadelphia; August 31 versus Miami and Sept. 4 at Washington. In addition, the Mets are scheduled to play a makeup game at Washington on June 28.
Jose Peraza was optioned to the Mets’ alternate site camp to create roster space for J.D. Davis, who was activated from the injured list before Game 1. Peraza remained with the team as part of the taxi squad, joining Patrick Mazeika, Sean Reid-Foley and Stephen Tarpley (who was active for the doubleheader as the 27th player).