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Carlos Carrasco leaves Mets game in Houston with back tightness

Carlos Carrasco, the de facto interim ace on a Mets team already wrecked by injuries, left Wednesday’s game at Houston in the third inning with a back injury. Carrasco had allowed five runs on four hits through 2 1/3 innings against the Astros.

The Mets said Carrasco suffered lower back tightness, but there was no immediate prognosis available, including whether he would move to the injured list.

Already, the Mets’ injured list includes starting pitchers Jacob deGrom (shoulder), Max Scherzer (oblique), Tylor Megill (shoulder) and Joey Lucchesi (Tommy John surgery). Their IL alone might be among the best rotations in the National League.

Carrasco, the 35-year-old right hander in his second season with the Mets, held a 3.96 ERA through 13 starts before Wednesday, over 75 innings. By wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs, he was the Mets’ most valuable pitcher.

On Tuesday night, Scherzer pitched the first game of a minor league rehab stint, striking out six over 3 1/3 innings for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies. “I want to get back out there so bad,” Scherzer told reporters.

(Photo: Thomas Shea / USA Today)

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