Mets reliever Seth Lugo is about to cross the final hurdle in his return from a fractured pinky toe.
Lugo, who has yet to appear in a game at spring training, will throw a simulated game on Thursday in Port St. Lucie as most of the team travels to face the Cardinals, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.
According to Puma, Lugo was given the option of traveling with the team and pitching in Thursday's game against St. Louis or throwing a sim game in Port St. Lucie, and opted for the sim game.
Lugo has been progressing steadily since suffering the injury early in camp, and has never stopped throwing as he recovered.
Mets manager Luis Rojas said at the time of the injury that there was "no concern at all" for Lugo, who has remained on track to be in the Opening Day bullpen.
Along with Lugo, the Mets' bullpen -- expected to feature eight relievers most of the time now that rosters are 26 -- will likely include Edwin Diaz, Dellin Betances, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Justin Wilson, Brad Brach, and either Michael Wacha or Steven Matz.