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Mets reliever Seth Lugo will miss the beginning of the season after the team announced Saturday he would undergo surgery Tuesday due to a loose body in his right elbow.
“While going through his normal throwing progression during the offseason, a bone spur had broken off at some point,” the team said in a statement. “Inflammation that wouldn’t subside recently caused Lugo to inform the Mets’ medical staff of the situation and they ordered an MRI, which took place on Friday.”
Lugo won’t be able to throw for at least six weeks, the Mets said, which means he would miss the beginning of the season that begins April 1.
Lugo was expected to begin the season in the Mets bullen after having excelled there last season after transitioning from a starter to a reliever.
In 2020, the 31-year-old was 3-4 with a 5.15 ERA, but in 10.1 innings after the switch his ERA was a 2.61.
Mets pitchers and catchers are expected to report to spring training next week in Port St. Lucie.
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