Seth Lugo has partially torn UCL, Mets depth takes another hit

Posted April 06, 2017

Mets starter Seth Lugo has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow, sources confirmed. 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.

Lugo received a PRP injection Tuesday morning and will not throw for about two weeks. But in addition to Lugo, they've lost Matz with a strained flexor tendon.

Lugo was projected to mount a legitimate charge toward a lower spot within the Mets rotation and started spring training well.

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An MRI on Monday revealed the issue in his elbow and he will be unavailable for at least the next two weeks.

"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.

Lugo saw action in three WBC games, including getting the start in the final against the United States. There is no timetable for his return. In 2016, Lugo made 17 appearances, including eight starts, earning a 5-2 record with a 2.67 ERA and just a 1.09 WHIP.

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