The Mets were dealt another blow on Monday when they announced that reliever Seth Lugo was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder tendinitis.
Left-hand pitcher Hector Santiago was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to replace Lugo on the roster.
Lugo, 29, has been effective out of the bullpen this season, pitching to a 2-0 record with a 3.12 ERA,1.00 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched this season. He began to feel discomfort in his shoulder during his outing on Sunday, in which he allowed a solo home run to Curtis Granderson in an inning of work, and will be shut down for a few days before being re-evaluated.
"First time I felt soreness [in a game]," Lugo said. "Felt some soreness here and there ... First time in a game and I think it affected my pitches."
Lugo added he had not felt it playing catch or in the bullpen and compared the soreness to what he experienced in 2017 when he missed a couple of weeks. He told the team he suspected he had tendinitis and an MRI confirmed it.
"Disappointing for me," he said. "I want to play every day."
Santiago, 31, was signed by the Mets to a minor-league contract and has pitched well in Triple-A. He is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 43 innings pitched but has also walked 23 batters.