Seth Lugo hit a small roadblock in his spring training development when he suffered a small fracture in his pinky toe after banging it on something in his hotel room. But, after just five days from the initial diagnosis, Lugo was already back to work -- and that hasn't stopped.
According to Newsday's Tim Healey, Lugo completed some fielding drills on Thursday, and is set to throw a live batting practice session on Sunday.
That's what the Mets want to see from Lugo, who is going to be a crucial part of their pitching staff this season, no matter where he's featured. Lugo mentioned over the weekend that the fracture doesn't affect the way he's been pitching.
"It felt pretty good," Lugo said at the time. "Pitches were coming out real good. I felt a little soreness when I got done but that's to be expected. Hopefully tomorrow that's gone."
Mets manager Luis Rojas said at the time that there was "no concern at all" for Lugo, and though it may be a few more days before he pitches in a game, the right-hander shouldn't have any problem getting in the work he needs.
Lugo told reporters on Saturday he only needs "five or six" games to be ready to go for Opening Day.
One would think if the live BP session goes well, Lugo could be throwing in real spring training games very soon.