Sitting out the shortened season never crossed Seth Lugo. Not even with a newborn baby and the new coronavirus pandemic that continues to spread across the country.
“I live my life playing baseball,” said the valuable right-hander on a Zoom call Saturday afternoon, as the Mets continued spring training 2.0 at Citi Field. “When they said we were playing, I was ready to go.”
While players like David Price, Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Mike Leake have already opted out for various health reasons, and Mike Trout and Bryce Harper have raised concerns, the Mets players who have talked to the media have said they are all Lugo appear especially convenient with the precautions taken. The Metsen beautiful workout and limits the amount of players on the field at the same time.
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“We have a responsibility to do what we have said. We have had meetings on protocols and safe ways of doing things. As long as we follow it, I’m pretty sure it will be safe. “
The timing of the spring training that was interrupted due to the pandemic couldn’t have worked better for Lugo. It gave him the chance to come home three days before his son James was born on March 19 and spend time with his child at home in Louisiana, when he would usually be away and play baseball. He stayed in shape, drove and threw often. He threw long and threw bullpen sessions with friends several times a week. So even though the season is a few weeks away, Lugo is not worried about his status.
“I feel ready to go,” he said. “I was facing a couple of hits during this break and I think my stuff was about the middle of the season. So I’m ready to go. “
Although Lugo remains interested in being a starter, the plan for him to remain in the bullpen is barring injury. The Mets Relief Corps, a weakness in recent years, may be strong following the addition of former Yankee Dellin Betances and potential return years from former dominant relievers Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia, who both fought vigorously a year ago.
“I’m glad we have so many good arms, so many different options and everyone is so different from each other,” Lugo said. “I feel we have so many different weapons. I think our bullpen is really good if we can all stay healthy and perform as we should. “