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Mets place Joey Lucchesi on injured list, activate Albert Almora Jr.

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Lucchesi was effective on Friday night, and the move came as something of a surprise.

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In between games of their doubleheader with the Nationals yesterday, the Mets activated Albert Almora Jr. from the injured list and placed Joey Lucchesi on the injured list with left elbow inflammation. The move came as a bit of a surprise, as there hadn’t been any talk of Lucchesi potentially being hurt leading up to the announcement by the team.

The night before, Lucchesi threw five-and-one-third scoreless innings against the Nationals, his fifth-straight good outing. Over those five starts, Lucchesi had a 1.19 ERA with 24 strikeouts and 6 walks in 22.2 innings, a massive improvement over his work earlier in the season. In total, he has 4.46 ERA this year.

Known for his defense, Almora has made some nice plays in the outfield for the Mets this year and suffered an injury trying to make another one a few weeks ago when he went nearly fully speed into the center field wall. Fortunately, he avoided any serious injury on the play. He’s hit just .125/.160/.208 with a 5 wRC+, and if the Mets ever get fully healthy—a big if—the team might be best served optioning him to Triple-A Syracuse as depth.