Seth Lugo has been diagnosed with a slight tear of the UCL in his right elbow, multiple sources told Newsday on Tuesday, though the righthander will not require Tommy John surgery. 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 joins fellow Mets pitcher Steven Matz on the DL and both will presumably miss a good portion of the first half of the season.
The New York Mets were hoping for a relatively healthy 2017 season for their pitching staff after last year's injury-marred experience, but they have already had to deal with a couple of setbacks not even a week into the new campaign.
Seth Lugo of the New York Mets pitches against the Giants in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on August 19, 2016 in San Francisco.
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Lugo tossed 15 innings for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, but there has been no indication the issue started there. The Mets entered spring training confident they had the depth to withstand injuries since they had seven capable starters, but two are now currently on the disabled list. Once he returns, he is worth a flyer in deeper formats in case he works his way into the rotation, but he can be cut loose for now in the majority of single-season formats. 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.
There were no surprises when the Mets set their Opening Day roster Sunday.