Mets RHP Seth Lugo, who has been pitching with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, says the injury hasn't been an issue.
"No, it hasn't been an issue," Lugo said after Thursday's start, according to Newsday. "Not even really a thought process at this point. It's been feeling good, and I haven't had any issues with it."
Lugo, who allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings on Thursday, is pitching through the injury in an effort to avoid Tommy John surgery.
"My biggest issue is going to be the wear and tear on the elbow," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. "He said, no, his elbow felt fine, so we let him go [into the seventh]."
The 27-year-old Lugo missed the first two months of the season while rehabbing his partially torn UCL, making his season debut on June 11.
His velocity has dipped this season, with his fastball averaging 90.8 MPH -- down from 92.2 MPH last season. His slider, curve, and changeup are all also down at least one mile per hour when compared to last season, per Fangraphs.
Lugo has a 4.05 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 14 walks and 33 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings (eight starts) this season.