Mets' Seth Lugo to undergo surgery to remove 'loose body' in right elbow

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Seth Lugo delivers a pitch against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.
Seth Lugo delivers a pitch against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

Right-hander Seth Lugo has a “loose body” in his right elbow and will undergo surgery to remove it, the Mets announced on Saturday.

According to the team, “while going through his normal throwing progression during the offseason, a bone spur had broken off at some point. Inflammation that wouldn’t subside recently caused Seth to inform the Mets medical staff of the situation and they ordered an MRI which took place on Friday, Feb. 12.”

Lugo’s surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, and the team says that the 31-year-old won’t throw for at least six weeks before he transitions to a throwing program.

That would mean that Lugo won’t pick up a ball until around Opening Day, with his debut on the mound unlikely to occur until weeks later.

A versatile member of the Mets’ pitching staff, Lugo made 16 appearances (seven starts) in 2020, pitching to a 3-4 record with a 5.15 ERA. He was expected to be used as a high-leverage reliever this season, though he’ll now have to wait to carve out his role in the bullpen in 2021.