PORT ST. LUCIE — Seth Lugo surrendered two homers to Yoenis Cespedes during live batting practice Sunday, but from the Mets pitcher’s perspective one should came with an asterisk.
“The first one, that was a good swing, but I wouldn’t pitch him that way in a real game, so I knew what I was getting into before I stepped up there,” Lugo said.
The important part was Lugo had progressed to the point he was allowed to face hitters for the first time this spring. The right-hander sustained a fractured left pinkie toe early in camp that had sidelined him.
Lugo expects his next step will be pitching in an exhibition game.
“I felt really good,” Lugo said. “The ball was coming out well and I threw a lot of strikes, so that is exactly what I was looking for in live BP.”
Lugo mixed in fastballs and curveballs, according to manager Luis Rojas.
“Hopefully we can see him a game soon,” Rojas said.
Edwin Diaz rebounded from a rough Grapefruit League debut by pitching a scoreless fourth inning in the Mets’ 3-1 victory over the Nationals. The right-hander allowed a double to Ryan Zimmerman, but retired the next two batters to escape.