New York Mets pitcher Lugo (elbow) to miss start of 2021 season

Sep 27, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets right-handed pitcher Seth Lugo will undergo surgery on his pitching elbow and will miss the start of the season, the team said Saturday.

An MRI exam revealed that Lugo has a loose body in his elbow, according to the team. The surgery is scheduled to be performed by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek on Tuesday in Florida.

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Lugo will be sidelined for at least six weeks before he can resume throwing and transition into a training program.

The team said Lugo informed the Mets’ medical staff about inflammation in his elbow before the MRI was ordered. The loose body is the result of a bone spur that broke off at some point during his normal offseason training.

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Lugo, 31, is entering his sixth season in the major leagues, all with the Mets. In 167 games (38 starts) his record is 25-19 with a 3.45 ERA and 12 saves. He has struck out 384 batters in 383 1/3 innings.

In the shortened 2020 season, he was 3-4 with a 5.15 ERA. He threw in 16 games (seven starts) and recorded three saves in 36 2/3 innings.

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–Field Level Media