Storylines: Seth Lugo has slight UCL tear

Seth Lugo is yet another NY Mets pitcher to come down with an injury. That and all the other news and notes from around baseball on Tuesday...

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- The New York Mets pitching staff has suddenly become a little thinner as right-hander Seth Lugo has been diagnosed with a slight UCL tear in his pitching elbow per Marc Craig of Newsday. He is currently not expected to require surgery and instead will undergo a PCP plasma injection followed by rest. He will be shut down for the next two weeks before being able to resume any type of baseball activities. The righty had been a huge part of the rotation since last year given his ability to step in and make spot starts and also come in from the bullpen and eat some innings. He compiled an impressive 2.67 ERA in 64 innings of work in 17 games in 2016. Lugo joins fellow Mets pitcher Steven Matz on the DL and both will presumably miss a good portion of the first half of the season. The Mets’ biggest strength for the past few seasons has been their pitching and once again their pitching staff looks to be thinning by the day thanks to unforeseen injuries. The club is reportedly not considering making any big moves as of now and will continue to plunge into their minor league system to try and cover the holes in their staff.

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- Milwaukee Brewers righty Junior Guerra is expected to out for a while due to a calf strain suffered in Monday’s contest against the Colorado Rockies per Adam McCalvy of  Guerra is expected to miss no less than a minimum of six weeks due to his calf strain.  The Brewers aren’t expected to be contenders this year but seeing one of their most promising pitchers go down to injury early in the season certainly makes things tougher for them as they want to continue to develop their young core of talent over the season.

- The San Francisco Giants are closing on a minor league deal with veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs per Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.  The Giants outfield depth has been trimmed thanks to injuries to minor league outfielder Mike Morse and Mac Williamson and Denard Span is day-to-day with some tightness in his left hip.  The Giants need more outfield help and are turning to Stubbs to bring that help.

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