Seth Lugo made his spring training debut on Monday, after being previously sidelined by a fractured left pinkie toe he suffered early in camp.
Lugo threw a scoreless fourth inning against the Marlins and immediately got to test his ability to move around on the mound. Brian Anderson tapped a ground ball to Lugo's right. The right-hander thought about making a play on it but couldn't, though Amed Rosario was there to field it and retire Anderson.
"We talked about the play, actually," manager Luis Rojas said after the game. "And his reaction was to dive for it 'OK, I almost felt like diving for it.' But he was too far to reach it. But you can see that he's well. He's healthy, he's out there and he threw the ball like he does. It was a big outing for him."
Rojas also said that the team had done their best during simulated games in which Lugo had thrown to test Lugo's movement, but nothing can compare to true game action.
As for Lugo, he said the toe isn't affecting anything he needs to do to be effective on the mound.
"I'm not running five miles," Lugo said. "It hurts pretty bad after running a lot. But it doesn't really affect me [fielding] or backing up bases or pitching so that's all that matters.