Mets' Seth Lugo has 'slight' UCL tear, not expected to require surgery

Posted April 06, 2017

The New York Mets expect to be without pitcher Seth Lugo for "significant time" because of an elbow injury, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Carig hears surgery won't be necessary, at least not yet, which is a welcome relief as any UCL issue immediately leads to Tommy John talk.

The righty then received a platelet-rich-plasma injection Tuesday, and will now rest from anywhere from two to six weeks before resuming throwing.

Starter Steven Matz is also on the DL. Lugo, who has one of the best curveballs in the game, was battling for a rotation spot in camp, but would have likely opened the year in the big-league bullpen or the Triple-A rotation, even if he remained healthy.

Seth Lugo is yet another NY Mets pitcher to come down with an injury.

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Lugo saw action in three WBC games, including getting the start in the final against the United States.

Lugo, who made his major-league debut on July 1 past year, went 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA. But he will not immediately return, as a throwing program and potential rehab starts in the minor leagues will precede his season debut in the Majors. He logged another 11.1 frames for the Mets in Spring Training, managing a 5.56 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. A hard final spring training start prompted the Mets to go with Zack Wheeler instead.

The Mets entered this season touting their pitching depth.

With two starters already down, the Mets have to be cautious with their remaining five like they were Monday when Noah Syndergaard was lifted after 86 pitches with a blister.

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