NEW YORK – Mets newcomer Rich Hill is expected to make his debut for the leaders of the NL East on Sunday when New York plays Toronto at Citi Field.
Mets manager Luis Rojas said Hill would arrive at the stadium before Saturday night’s game against the Blue Jays and pitch to the side.
The Mets acquired the 41-year-old left-hander in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday for veteran pitcher Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matthew Dyer.
Hill was 6-4 with a 3.87 ERA in 19 starts for the Rays this season. He faced Toronto on July 11 and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in five innings.
Hill will be a much-needed addition to a starting rotation that has been hampered by injuries, most notably ace Jacob deGrom is on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right forearm.
Left-hander David Peterson was expected to return sometime in August after being sidelined by an oblique strain, but the Mets announced Saturday that they would move him to their 60-day IL after he fractured his right foot walking back to the clubhouse after Friday night victoria.
Rojas also said right-hander Carlos Carrasco will start rehab with Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.
The 34-year veteran, who was acquired in the offseason trade with the Cleveland Indians that also brought Francisco Lindor to New York, is expected to pitch three innings.
Carrasco has not pitched in the majors this year as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He has started twice in the minors, allowing five runs in 3.2 innings.