Mets' Seth Lugo updates recovery from elbow surgery

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Seth Lugo via Zoom on March 4 2021
Seth Lugo via Zoom on March 4 2021

Mets pitcher Seth Lugo, who had surgery on Feb. 16 to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, said Thursday that everything is on track with his recovery.

The plan after surgery was for Lugo to not throw for six weeks.

"Right now we're on track," Lugo told reporters on Thursday about his rehab. "It's been going well, a little bit more than two weeks in. Been working out, doing my shoulder programs, keeping the legs in shape riding the bike. Planning on throwing once we get there, but everything is going well right now and I'm feeling pretty good."

As far as how long it will take him to be ready to return once he starts throwing, Lugo wasn't sure.

"I don't know that answer," he said. "I'm just going one day at a time right now. I know what I've got today and I know what I've got tomorrow and the next day. But after that it's to be seen, so just gonna take it slow for now."

Lugo, who said it was a sigh of relief to find out that he was only dealing with bone spurs, added that the partially torn UCL he's been pitching with for years is fine and detailed how he found out about his bone spur issue.

"It was I guess the beginning of February, I woke up and my elbow was just swollen," Lugo said. "I didn't have much range, couldn't flex or extend it. I did what I usually do for some swelling -- that amount of swelling was concerning. After it didn't go down, that's when I called the training staff and said 'hey, I got swelling in my elbow and I can't get it out, so what do we do from here?'"

Without Lugo for perhaps the first month of the season, the Mets will have to rely heavily on Edwin Diaz and Trevor May in the back end of the bullpen.

Along with Diaz and May, the bullpen is also expected to include Jeurys Familia, Dellin Betances, and Aaron Loup.