Mets' Seth Lugo has torn elbow ligament, surgery possible

NY Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Jacob de Grom and Steven Matz look on from the dugout during a National League East match-up between the first place Washington Nationals and the New York Mets at Citi Field

NY Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Jacob de Grom and Steven Matz look on from the dugout during a National League East match-up between the first place Washington Nationals and the New York Mets at Citi Field

The Mets say pitcher right-hander Seth Lugo has been diagnosed with a partial UCL tear in his pitching elbow. He is now not expected to require surgery and instead will undergo a PCP plasma injection followed by rest.

The righty then received a platelet-rich-plasma injection Tuesday, and will now rest from anywhere from two to six weeks before resuming throwing. There is no timetable for his return. Per the New York Times' James Wagner, it could be the resurfacing of an older injury.

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Lugo was a pleasant surprise for the Mets last season. Lugo could have been pitching through the issue for a while, but Marc Carig of Newsday hears that there's some thought that the injury is a new one, possibly from pitching during the World Baseball Classic.

The right-hander made his big league debut last season, throwing 64 innings over 17 appearances, eight as a starter. He posted a 2-1 record and 4.20 ERA over 15 innings. He figured to play a similar swing role for the Mets in 2017. They are: LHP Jerry Blevins, RHP Jacob deGrom, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Robert Gsellman, RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Addison Reed, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Fernando Salas, LHP Josh Smoker, RHP Noah Syndergaard and RHP Zack Wheeler.

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New York's talented rotation is having trouble staying healthy once more. During his Major League stint a year ago, 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.

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