The Mets announced pitcher Seth Lugo (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session this Friday and, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Lugo could pitch Sunday night against the Nationals.
RHP prospcect Marcos Molina, currently with Double-A Binghamton, is among the candidates who could start on Sunday night if Lugo is unable to, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.
Lugo was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 15 -- retroactive to Aug. 12 -- with a right shoulder impingement. Despite a Newsday report saying Lugo might be on the DL due to an elbow injury, GM Sandy Alderson reiterated last week that the right-hander is not pitching due to the injured shoulder.
Lugo, who was scratched from his start last week with the injury, is 5-3 with a 4.85 ERA in 12 games for the Mets this season, including 11 starts.
As for Tyler Pill (elbow), the right-hander underwent arthroscopic elbow debridement surgery on Wednesday. Pill was sent back to Triple-A on July 28, but was placed on the disabled list Aug. 4. Las Vegas manager Frank Viola told the Las Vegas Journal-Review on Sunday that Pill had been dealing with bone chips and spurs and was seeing a doctor in New York this week.
Pill was 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA with seven appearances (three starts) with the Mets this year.