Seth Lugo has suffered a “small fracture” of his pinky toe, Luis Rojas revealed earlier today. Despite the diagnosis, it does not appear the first-year skipper is overly worried, saying that there is “no major concern” following the news.
The announcement marks the first measurable injury of spring training for the New York Mets, although it does not appear (at this time, anyway) that this will significantly sidetrack the superstar reliever. Rojas noted that the fracture, which happened when he stubbed his toe on Monday night in his hotel room, will result in three days off. The injury will also force Lugo to wear a special padded cleat. Following the brief three-day reprieve, Lugo will commence throwing.
The 30-year-old will enter his fifth season with the club and figures to play a pivotal role after a break-out season. In their recent rankings of top ten relief pitchers in baseball, MLB Network ranked Lugo seventh overall after he concluded a career year in 2019. Lugo was the team’s most consistent and reliable reliever and finished with a 2.70 ERA in 80 innings. He posted career-bests with a 2.70 FIP, a 0.90 WHIP, 104 strikeouts, and a 1.8 BB/9.
Barring any unforeseen setbacks, it is not likely that this will interrupt the start of his season. Lugo will anchor the pen along with Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, and the newly-acquired Dellin Betances.