PORT ST. LUCIE — Seth Lugo was back on a mound Saturday and looking forward to a normal spring training.
“All the pitches were there, executing and locating,” said the Mets right-hander, who had been limited to playing catch in recent days after fracturing his left pinky toe. Lugo threw without padding in his shoe.
“Real light and real simple right now, the further along we’ll start to do some tougher stuff.”
Lugo’s next step could be progressing to live batting practice, usually a necessary step before a pitcher is allowed to participate in a Grapefruit League game.
“I felt a little soreness when I got done, but that is to be expected” Lugo said. “Hopefully, [Sunday] that is gone.”
The Mets’ traveling squad lost 2-0 to the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., with Marcus Stroman allowing one run on three hits over 1 ¹/₃ innings. Brandon Nimmo departed after getting hit by a pitch in the sixth inning, but manager Luis Rojas indicated the outfielder was removed as part of a scripted plan.
Jeff McNeil singled leading off the game for the Mets and scored their first run in a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Marlins at Clover Park. McNeil…