The Athletic’s Tim Britton reports that New York Mets starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi will be missing the rest of the season after choosing to have Tommy John surgery on Thursday.

Lucchesi left Friday’s 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals after 5.1 innings, allowing four hits and striking out five batters. Reports surfaced on Monday that he had had a major tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, almost guaranteeing that he would not pitch until the 2022 season at the earliest.

Making eight starts in his first season with the Mets, Lucchesi had a 4.46 ERA, a 26.1% K rate and a 1-4 record. In the 2020 season, as a member of the San Diego Padres, he started two games, going 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA.

The Mets’ starting rotation leads the majors in the ERA to 2.63, buoyed by the dominant performances of ace Jacob deGrom. They are hopeful that Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco will enter the rotation this season. Syndergaard is currently recovering from Tommy John and Carlos Carrasco is recovering from a hamstring tear.

At 37-30, the team are currently number one in the National Eastern League, with the Philadelphia Phillies second, four games behind. The Mets are at +850 to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.


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