Mets' Seth Lugo has torn elbow ligament, surgery possible

Posted April 06, 2017

The Mets suddenly don't appear to be so deep at pitcher.

Newsday reports Lugo has a "slight tear" of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. 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 had a platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery and will not throw for about two weeks.

Lugo was a pleasant surprise for the Mets last season.

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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. However, a source told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo the problem may have started last season. Lugo made three appearances in the WBC for Team Puerto Rico and even started in the championship game against the United States. He posted a 2-1 record and 4.20 ERA over 15 innings.

2-Minute Drill: How many Mets Opening Day starters can you name? NY rallied over the final month of the season to earn a National League wild-card spot. The Mets will look for solid seasons from both. But in addition to Lugo, they've lost Matz with a strained flexor tendon.

At a time when their rotation was being pummeled by injuries to Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom, Gsellman-a 2011 13th-round pick who entered the season as the team's 14th-best prospect according to Baseball America-arrived in the big leagues sporting deGrom-like hair and gave the team a performance worthy of those lengthy locks.

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard left Monday's opener with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, and his next start will be pushed back a day.