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.
On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!
Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.
José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.
Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.
Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.