Mets manager Luis Rojas said Lucchesi (elbow) will undergo an MRI on Monday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Lucchesi was moved to the injured list Saturday with what was believed to be a minor case of left elbow inflammation, but the Mets apparently have a higher degree of concern about his health one day later. The MRI should provide clarity about whether Lucchesi is dealing with anything more than elbow inflammation, and a potential timeline for his return will likely emerge once those test results are available. The Mets haven't appointed a replacement in the rotation for Lucchesi and could opt to lean on its cadre of long-relief arms to fill innings when the team requires a fifth starter.
Lucchesi was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation Saturday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Lucchesi was sharp in Friday's start against the Nationals, as he allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five in 5.1 innings. However, he apparently developed an elbow injury during the outing and will miss at least one turn through the rotation as a result. The severity of his injury isn't yet clear, but his move to the injured list makes room on the active roster for Albert Almora (shoulder), who was reinstated from the 10-day IL ahead of Saturday's nightcap.
Lucchesi didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 1-0 loss to the Nationals despite tossing 5.1 scoreless innings with four hits and two walks. He struck out five.
The southpaw put together his longest and best outing of the season while tossing 55 of 90 pitches for strikes, but the Mets' bats couldn't solve Erick Fedde and the Nats' bullpen. Lucchesi has a dazzling 1.19 ERA and 24:6 K:BB over his last five outings and 22.2 innings, helping him lock down a rotation spot.
Lucchesi allowed a run on four hits and a walk and struck out six in five innings in a no-decision versus San Diego on Sunday.
Lucchesi got off to a rough start when he allowed a leadoff home run to Tommy Pham in the first inning, but the southpaw settled down after that. He was denied a win after San Diego rallied for the lead in the seventh. Lucchesi has a 5.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 36:9 K:BB across 33 innings this year. He's given up just three runs in his last 17.1 innings, so he'll look to carry some momentum into his next start, which is expected to be in Washington during next weekend's series.
Lucchesi (1-4) was tagged with the loss Friday against the Padres after giving up one run on four hits while fanning three across 4.2 innings.
Lucchesi didn't have a bad performance and only allowed a run via a solo home run from Manny Machado, but he was outdueled by Blake Snell, who delivered his best start of the season. Lucchesi, who owns a 5.79 ERA on the season, will have an opportunity at revenge next week since his next start will be against the Padres once again, though this time it'll be at home.
Lucchesi allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks while striking out two across 3.2 innings in Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader with the Rockies. He did not factor into the decision.
Lucchesi pitched three scoreless innings before allowing a run to score in the fourth inning on a Connor Joe single. The southpaw has not had a good season, with his ERA lowered to 6.56 in 23.1 innings. If he's done anything good, it's that he's limited opposing hitters to just two home runs this season. The 28-year-old may lose his spot in the rotation with the return of Jacob Degrom (side). He will serve as a long reliever.
Lucchesi didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Marlins, giving up only one hit over four scoreless innings while striking out eight. He didn't walk a batter.
The southpaw hadn't recorded more than 10 outs in a game all season, which might explain why his day ended after only 43 pitches (34 of which were strikes) despite his dominance. The eight strikeouts were a season high for Lucchesi, and the outing shaved almost two runs off his ERA, which still sits at an ugly 7.32. This effort should earn him at least one more turn in the rotation for the injury-ravaged Mets, even with Jacob deGrom (side) close to returning.
Lucchesi (1-3) allowed four runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two in 1.2 innings pitched, taking the loss in Saturday's 12-5 defeat against the Rays.
The lefty pitched a clean third inning before allowing the first four batters to reach in the fourth. Lucchesi pitched terribly in three starts and Saturday marked his first disastrous relief outing. With a 9.19 ERA, the 27-year-old will not be long for the Mets' big-league roster unless he turns his season around and does so soon.
Lucchesi (1-2) allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out three across 3.1 innings, earning the win against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Lucchesi didn't allow any earned runs for the first time since his first appearance this season. The 28-year-old has had a rough start with a 7.71 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 14 innings. He has allowed the most runs out of all Mets relievers. He continues to serve best as a bulk-innings reliever behind an opener.
Lucchesi (0-2) took the loss Monday, surrendering six runs on seven hits and a walk over 2.2 innings as the Mets fell 6-5 to the Cardinals. He struck out two.
Five of the seven hits off the southpaw went for extra bases, including long balls by Harrison Bader and Nolan Arenado. Lucchesi did nothing to demonstrate he deserves a longer look in the rotation, and on the season he carries an ugly 10.13 ERA and 13:3 K:BB through 10.2 innings.
Lucchesi was recalled to start Monday against the Cardinals, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
Lucchesi will get the ball as the Mets seek to give their other starters an extra day to rest. Lucchesi has given up six runs in eight innings of work so far this season, but his 11:2 K:BB makes him at least somewhat interesting. Daniel Zamora was optioned in a corresponding move.
Lucchesi was optioned to the Mets' alternate training site Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Lucchesi's results through eight innings this season have been mixed, as he's allowed six runs but also owns a promising 11:2 K:BB. His demotion may be more a function of need than performance, however, as the Mets have two off days next week and won't need to use a fifth starter until May 4. Reliever Stephen Tarpley was recalled in a corresponding move.
Lucchesi gave up three runs on two hits and a pair of walks while striking out five across three innings against the Cubs on Thursday. He didn't factor into the decision.
Lucchesi got off to a strong start, sending five of his first seven batters down on strikes. Unfortunately, he issued back-to-back walks in the third inning followed by an RBI single by Willson Contreras and a two-run double by Kris Bryant, giving the Cubs a 3-0 lead. The 27-year old didn't last much longer, getting pulled after three innings and 60 pitches, 34 for strikes. Lucchesi threw only 55 pitches in his last outing, so he didn't improve much in terms of endurance. The left-hander is lined up to make his next start April 30 against the Phillies, though that hasn't yet been made official.
Lucchesi (0-1) took the loss in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader as the Mets fell 7-2 to the Rockies, giving up three runs on four hits over three innings. He struck out three.
All three runs scored in the first inning as Colorado sandwiched four hits, including two doubles, around a sac fly, but Lucchesi settled down after that and got the hook after 55 pitches (37 strikes). The southpaw has seen little work in the early going due to the Mets' erratic schedule, but he'll look to get stretched out further in his next outing Friday at home against the Nationals.
Lucchesi will follow an opener (Jacob Barnes) Saturday against Houston and could do the same during the regular season, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.
Lucchesi appears to be locked in as the team's fifth starter, though he may not actually be a true starter. Following an opener could provide a small boost to his fantasy value, as he'd get to skip the opponent's toughest batters the first time through the order and won't have to throw five innings to be eligible for a win.
Lucchesi is penciled in as the Mets' No. 5 starter after Jordan Yamamoto was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Manager Luis Rojas has mentioned this spring that he could potentially use an opener on occasion, so Lucchesi may not officially get every start when his turn comes around, but for now, he's set to follow Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker and David Peterson in the rotation. Lucchesi is likely just keeping a spot warm until Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) is healthy, but if he outperforms Peterson, he could retain a starting role beyond that.
Lucchesi is expected to open the year in the rotation after Carlos Carrasco suffered a hamstring strain Thursday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Carrasco had been progressing cautiously as he dealt with elbow soreness, so Lucchesi already had a decent shot to make at least a start or two. After Carrasco threw a successful simulated game Thursday and seemed to be getting over his elbow issues, he promptly strained his hamstring during conditioning work. It's not clear how much time he's expected to miss, but given where he was in his spring buildup, it would be quite a stretch for him to be ready for his first few turns in the rotation. Lucchesi and David Peterson should now both open the year as starters, though it's possible Jordan Yamamoto beats one of them out.
Lucchesi made his first start of the spring Wednesday against the Marlins, getting stretched out to 42 pitches and tossing three scoreless innings with four strikeouts and two walks, Deesha Thosar of The New York Daily News reports.
The southpaw is making a strong push for a spot in the Mets' rotation after coming over from the Padres in the offseason, but the competition remains fierce. David Peterson, the presumed favorite for the No. 5 job, is coming off a solid rookie season but hasn't pitched as well this spring as Lucchesi (0.00 ERA, 7:3 K:BB in five innings) or even Jordan Yamamoto (1.08 ERA, 5:1 K:BB in 8.1 frames). If Carlos Carrasco (elbow) gets held back to begin the season, two of those hurlers could begin the year in the rotation, with the third likely to be sent to the team's alternate training site to stay stretched out rather than working in long relief out of the bullpen.
Lucchesi made his first appearance of the spring Friday and tossed two scoreless innings against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander looked a little jittery by beginning the outing with a walk, a throwing error and a wild pitch, but he settled down and retired the next six batters. Lucchesi was pitching the eighth and ninth innings, however, long after any Miami regulars had left the game, and while he remains part of the battle for the No. 5 starter spot in the Mets rotation, he has a lot of work to do to catch up to David Peterson. Whether Lucchesi can avoid beginning the season in long relief could come down to the health of Carlos Carrasco's elbow.
Lucchesi went to Driveline during the offseason in an effort to smooth his delivery and better his mechanics, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Lucchesi said the focus of his sessions at Driveline included work on his lead, his front side and shoulder mobility. He's coming off a disappointing 2020 season, when he threw only 5.2 innings and was regularly placed at the alternate site. Though he's not a lock for the rotation, Lucchesi should have a chance for an increased role with the Mets this season and will look to regain his 2019 form, when he posted a 4.18 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 163.2 frames.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/18||@ WAS||L 0-1||5.1||4||0||2||5|
|06/13||vs SD||L 3-7||5.0||4||1||1||6|
|06/04||@ SD||L 0-2||1||4.2||4||1||0||3|
|05/27||vs COL||W 4-2||3.2||2||1||3||2|
|05/22||@ MIA||L 1-3||4.0||1||0||0||8|
|05/15||@ TB||L 5-12||1||1.2||3||4||1||2|
|05/08||vs ARI||W 4-2||1||3.1||2||0||1||3|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||ASX-Tri-City Dust Devils||40.0||14||10||0||0||2||1||53||2||27||1.35||0.725|
|2016||AFX-Fort Wayne TinCaps||2.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||1||4||0.00||2.500|
|2017||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||78.2||14||14||0||6||4||0||95||19||56||2.53||0.959|
|2017||AA-San Antonio Missions||60.1||10||9||0||5||3||1||53||14||46||1.80||0.998|
|2018||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||4.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||6||0||0||0.00||0.000|
|2018||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||2.2||1||1||0||0||1||0||2||4||7||28.64||5.000|