Lugo (elbow) threw 42 pitches in 3.2 scoreless innings in his first rehab appearance Thursday for High-A St. Lucie. He allowed just two hits and did not walk or strike out a batter, the New York Daily News reports.

Lugo, who has a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, has steadily advanced in his rehab without any setbacks. The number of appearances he makes may depend on if he will rejoin the Mets as a long reliever or a starter. If it's the latter, Lugo will need to throw between 75-85 pitches in a rehab outing before he rejoins the team, which likely will occur in early June. The Mets' rotation has underachieved and an opening does exist if Lugo shows he is healthy.

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