Mets bullpen stalwart Seth Lugo fractured his left pinkie toe and will miss the start of the spring training exhibition season, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. Lugo suffered the injury on Monday night, stubbing his toe in his Port St. Lucie home.
Lugo, 30, has quietly been invaluable to the Mets over the course of his four-year career. He owns a 3.27 ERA with 337 strikeouts and 90 walks across 346 2/3 innings. He has made 31 starts and 120 relief appearances.
Despite the late start, Lugo should be able to heal with plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season. He will once again be part of a corps responsible for bridging the gap to closer Edwin Díaz.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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