Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Mets' Seth Lugo has torn elbow ligament, surgery possible

Mets' Seth Lugo has torn elbow ligament, surgery possible

Young lefty Steven Matz revealed Monday morning that he had been diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon, and righty Seth Lugo was diagnosed with a partial tear of the UCL after an MRI was taken Saturday. Adam Wainwright pitched with a torn UCL for six years although he ultimately needed Tommy John surgery, and Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has avoided surgery while pitching with a tear. NY said he will then start a throwing program, and the need for surgery will be determined based on how he feels after trying rehabilitation. He points out that Lugo did experience some elbow soreness last season.

After Monday's Opening Day win over the Braves, manager Terry Collins said Lugo would be out at least a few weeks, but did not elaborate on his condition. 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.

"He's going to miss some time with his elbow, so we've got to make sure to keep these five guys healthy", the Mets skipper said. During his Major League stint previous year, in which he filled in for more prominent starters Matz, Matt Harvey, and Jacob deGrom, Lugo was an integral piece in the Mets' late-season run to a National League Wild Card berth. 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.

The Mets entered this season touting their pitching depth.

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