Mets manager Terry Collins said on Monday that pitcher Seth Lugo will miss “a few weeks” due to a right elbow injury, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. Lugo will see a doctor on Tuesday for a second opinion.
Lugo, who pitched for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic last month, began experiencing “dead arm” towards the end of spring training. He underwent an MRI, which revealed no structural damage, but he was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.
A rookie in 2016, Lugo proved valuable to the Mets, making eight starts and nine relief appearances. He put up a 2.67 ERA with a 45/21 K/BB ratio in 64 innings.
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.
The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.