Lugo played in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico. In fact, he even started the Championship game. Upon his return, Lugo made it clear that he had no regrets in playing in the tournament.
But, he landed on the disabled list before the season even started anyway. At first, we were under the impression that it was just fatigue. However, we then found out that Lugo actually had a slight UCL tear in his elbow. He received a plasma injection to treat this. As of now, it sounds like it’s working, and all we can do is hope that it continues to work. I don’t want to say the words “Tommy John surgery” but….
I’ll just leave it at that.
Going into the season we knew that Matz wasn’t going to be on the Opening Day roster. A couple of days later we were told by Matz that he was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon. But, the Mets were unaware of this diagnosis. In fact, they didn’t even know who made the diagnosis as it wasn’t one of the team’s doctors. Talk about lack of communication.
Matz began a throwing program back in late April. In fact, back on April 26th both Matz and Lugo threw up to 120 feet without discomfort. Again, it’s sad that as Mets fans we’re so used to injured players, this was exciting news for fans to hear.
Two starting pitchers with elbow injuries are on their way back to the Mets. Fingers crossed there’s no setbacks. And fingers crossed the Mets wait until they’re fully healthy before putting them into the rotation. We all know how much both players are needed, but starting them before they’re fully ready will just do more harm than good.