- The New York Mets pitching staff has suddenly become a little thinner as right-hander Seth Lugo has been diagnosed with a slight UCL tear in his pitching elbow per Marc Craig of Newsday. The team was expecting him to provide depth again this season as a potential bullpen arm and spot starter. The righty had been a huge part of the rotation since past year given his ability to step in and make spot starts and also come in from the bullpen and eat some innings.
Lugo had a platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery and will not throw for about two weeks. Per the New York Times' James Wagner, it could be the resurfacing of an older injury. He finished with a 2.67 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 64 innings, but Anthony DiComo of MLB.com noted he led all Mets pitchers during the spring with 26.1 innings in spring training and the World Baseball Classic.
Emmanuel Burriss, a seven-year major league veteran who spent last season with Philadelphia, was among eight players suspended under the sport's minor league drug program. He figured to play a similar swing role for the Mets in 2017. The losses of Lugo and Matz put even more pressure on them to stay healthy, however.
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A 34th-round draft pick by the Mets in 2011, Lugo, along with Robert Gsellman, proved to be saviors in the rotation after Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz went down with season-ending injuries.
Also, ace Noah Syndergaard left Monday's game with a blister on his middle pitching finger. The Mets moved his next outing from Saturday to Sunday, which they hope will quell the issue.