Mets not committing to Joey Lucchesi for Saturday's start

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Joey Lucchesi Mets blue road jersey Wrigley Field April 2021
Joey Lucchesi Mets blue road jersey Wrigley Field April 2021

The Mets might turn to Joey Lucchesi to start Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field, but they were not committing to him as of Thursday.

"Right now we're David Peterson tomorrow. Lucchesi is lined up for Saturday," manager Luis Rojas told reporters via Zoom. "We still want to leave it TBA right now, but he's lined up for it. He's gonna throw a side (session) and everything as if he's gonna start Saturday.

"We still haven't committed that way, just in case we want to start someone else and have Lucchesi available out of the pen or something. It's TBA Saturday, TBA Sunday."

Jacob deGrom is expected to start Sunday if all goes well with his side issue between now and then.

Rojas added that the team isn't opposed to using an opener for Lucchesi or going with a different, multi-inning pitcher to start on Saturday.

"We're open to not only use an opener but to use a multi-inning pitcher, too, and then have Lucchesi come in," Rojas said. "We'll dig in and take a look at our options against the Diamondbacks, and then we'll see what the plan is for Saturday."

Lucchesi was hit hard on Monday against the Cardinals in St. Louis, allowing six runs on seven hits (including two home runs) in 2.2 innings.

In three starts this season, Lucchesi has allowed 12 runs in 8.2 innings while failing to pitch past the third inning in any of those starts.

If the Mets do not start Lucchesi on Saturday, options to start could include Jacob Barnes, Miguel Castro (who opened Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader), and perhaps Jordan Yamamoto, who pitched 2.2 innings in relief on Wednesday.

Lucchesi's long-term future in the rotation appears very much in doubt, with Carlos Carrasco expected to be activated from the IL after making one final rehab start that is planned for May 9.