Mets could have Seth Lugo back this weekend

By Emmanuel Pepis

Lugo is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday and could return for the doubleheader against Washington on Sunday

In some more positive Mets injury updates, there is a chance we could see Seth Lugo back on the mound this weekend. Lugo is expected to throw a bullpen session on Friday, and could start Sunday according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Lugo was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement 13 days ago. It was the second DL stint of the year for Lugo who started the season on the shelf with an elbow issue. Lugo has pitched in 12 games this season and has posted a 5-3 mark with a 4.85 ERA.

It has been a roller coaster season for Lugo who was a pleasant surprise for the Mets down the stretch in 2016. He started his 2017 by participating with Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and starting the championship game. He was then sidelined for the first two months of the season before making his debut on June 11 against Atlanta.

Lugo’s name popped up in trade chatter though nothing materialized from it. He landed back on the disabled list in mid-August after he struck out eight, but also allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks against Philadelphia.

In 11 starts, Lugo has gone at least five innings in every one. However, the sixth inning has put a hurting on some of his final lines. Lugo has an ERA of 12.43 in the sixth this year and has allowed three of his ten home runs in that frame. He has allowed 16 hits and 12 earned runs over 8.2 innings and 39 at-bats in what has been his least successful inning.

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Like many of his teammates, 2017 will wind up being a reset for Lugo who has admirably battled through arm and shoulder trouble this season. The focus now is obviously making sure these guys get and stay healthy for next year.