"The hardest thing about being in rehab is knowing when I'm going to pitch. During normal conditions a reliever never truly knows when they'll see action," Carr said.
I know they are going to put me into a game because they tell me I'll get some work in today. I get amped up to much and dwell on it more than I should."
Pitchers focus and have concerned regarding their recovery as the organization is. Many times athletes and training staff will disagree on rehab techniques and time frames. In Carr's case he was thankful about having the Mets organization backing him on his recovery.
"I'm just trying to get into the swing of things, the rehab is a slow process and takes a lot of patience all around. Everything we did was right, I agree with everything we did I'm really happy with the way it turned out for me," he said.
The year off has been trying for Carr, both physically and mentally. He's finally at a point where he knows he can compete and find success on the mound again.
"I have been off since June 25th of last year. They want me to complete a modified Spring Training situation to get ready for the last part of this season," Carr explained.
"They want me to be ready for most of August and probably winter ball in November. I'm going to need the extra work after missing this whole season basically."
So far his outings have been frustrating for the young prospect. He's still trying to capture his consistency the he displayed before his injury.
"I know consistency will come, but right now I've hit a few bumps. I need to work on my control a little bit," Carr stated. "My fast ball is back at 94-97 MPH, I just need to find my control. It's going to happen, know I have to stay positive through this whole thing. I'm not missing wide or out, I'm just missing down."
Carr feels the extra practice in winter ball will provide benefits for both himself and the Mets organization. Most importantly, the added reps will help him catch up after missing a year of action.
"I want to go to winter ball to get more action since I've been out for awhile. I feel great, but I think I still have some work to do. They say it takes 12-16 months to get back to where you were before the injury," Carr explained.
"The control is the last thing you get back," He exclaimed. "I hope they send me because I want to keep going and keep getting back into the swing of things. I've almost had to teach myself how to throw again, so any extra time will help me."
Carr knows keeping his emotions in control will be a huge part of finding his niche back on the mound. He's a very intense player and that intensity, which usually was beneficial for the hard throwing right-hander, has become another hurdle to overcome.
"I almost feel too ready and psych myself out. I put too much pressure on myself that normally I wouldn't do," Carr expressed. "I'm a fiery guy when I pitch, I have a lot of intensity when I'm on the mound."
The time away from the team and the mound was the hardest part of this whole process for Carr. He knew dwelling on what happened was only going to hinder his recovery, and did his best to focus on getting back on the field.
"I was home until spring training this year. Its hard being away from the team, but at the same time it was time for me to recover. I didn't think about it because I was upset about not being out there and playing," he detailed.
"I just focused on getting ready and getting back out there as soon as I could. It was tough being home. I haven't had time off in the summer in a long time, it was a weird feeling."
His recovery is almost complete, and as July draws to a close he knows it's time to shine. Coach Phil Regan is ready to turn the reins loose on the explosive young pitcher, giving Carr all the confidence he needs when he walks up to the mound.
"I'm ready to get out there and start throwing strikes, getting guys out, and getting back to being me. It helps having a short memory as a pitcher, not only on your outings, but also with an injury, " he shared. "I'm getting real close to being back, real close."