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The Mets announced RHP Seth Lugo will undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow.
Lugo won't throw for the next six weeks and then he'll begin a throwing program. This is tough news for the Mets with spring training right around the corner, as Lugo is likely to open the year on the injured list.
Seth Lugo avoids arbitration by signing a contract worth $2.925 million, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.
In 36.2 innings for the Mets, Lugo tallied 47 strikeouts, an ERA of 5.15, and a WHIP of 1.364. Lugo acted as both a starter and a relief pitcher last season, but the Mets intend to pitch him out of the bullpen this season.
Seth Lugo, who made seven starts for the Mets during the 2020 season, is expected to move back to the bullpen, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Heyman emphasized that the Mets have not discussed the prospect publicly but that the "belief" is that Lugo will return to his relief role, which shouldn't come as a surprise. Lugo made seven starts for the shorthanded Mets during the 2020 season and registered 6.15 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. He performed much better out of the bullpen with a 2.61 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over nine apperances. He's been one New York's strongest reliever arms over the last few years so a return to the bullpen would be the wise move.
Mets pitcher Seth Lugo allowed six earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one over 1 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Nationals. The loss drops him to 3-4 on the season.
Lugo had a strange season in 2020. He started out in the bullpen and temporarily took over as the team's closer before injuries caused him to be moved into the starting rotation. After some early success, Lugo struggled down the stretch and allowed six earned runs in two of his final three starts.
Mets pitcher Seth Lugo allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's win over the Rays.
Lugo allowed six earned runs and was unable to complete two innings in his last start, so he bounced back in a big way on Tuesday. He has proven to be a reliable arm out of the bullpen for the Mets who can also start when needed. If he makes another start this season, it will come against the Nationals on the road.