Another talented right arm is on the Mets rehab path.
Seth Lugo, who underwent surgery at the start of spring training to remove a bone spur in his right elbow, has begun throwing — playing catch from 75 feet — manager Luis Rojas said Saturday.
A day earlier, Rojas revealed that Carlos Carrasco had faced batters during a 15-pitch session. Carrasco has been sidelined with a right hamstring tear.
“Guys are moving and they are throwing,” Rojas said. “It’s good news that [Lugo] is throwing, playing catch, and he has done it three or four times already, counting today.”
Lugo’s absence is felt in a bullpen that possesses several question marks, but the right-hander was also a candidate for the rotation over the winter.
Rojas was initially told to plan on a mid-May return for Lugo. The manager said he hasn’t asked the medical staff if that timeline has changed.
Carrasco is “week to week” and may soon begin a normal buildup toward a return, depending on how he fares showing he can field his position. The next step would be an “up and down” live batting practice that would consist of two innings.
“[Carrasco] was sending me videos [Friday] of him throwing and he looked really good,” Rojas said.
Joey Lucchesi will be available to pitch from the bullpen, at least on Monday, as Rojas decides on whether Jacob deGrom will return to pitch Game 5, following Friday’s off day. Rojas had originally planned to keep deGrom on his normal rest to pitch the fifth game, but that was before the series in Washington this weekend was postponed.
Rojas supported MLB’s decision to relocate the All-Star Game from Atlanta, following a change in voting laws in Georgia.
“You have got to be supportive of the commissioner,” Rojas said. “Anything that suppresses the voting system is just discriminatory. It’s something that makes us stand behind what the commissioner is saying. We definitely support the voting system as it was.”