Yesterday, Mets manager Terry Collins said pitcher Seth Lugo would miss “a few weeks” with a right elbow injury. He saw a doctor on Tuesday for a second opinion and was diagnosed with a slight tear of his UCL, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Lugo’s medicals will now be reviewed by Dr. James Andrews, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Fortunately for Lugo and the Mets, the right-hander doesn’t need to undergo surgery. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will rest for a while. According to Carig, there is some thought that Lugo was initially injured at some point during the World Baseball Classic.
Lugo had been competing for a spot in the Mets’ rotation, but the elbow began bothering him towards the end of spring training. As a result, the final two rotation spots when to Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler. The Mets, however, are suddenly in need of starting pitching depth with Lugo and Steven Matz sidelined. Carig suggests the Lugo injury may be enough to motivate the Mets to address the depth issue.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.