WASHINGTON — Seth Lugo struck out five and looked sharp for much of his first start off the disabled list. But the righty departed after 3 2⁄3 innings in the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader.
Lugo said he was “pleased” that he showed no ill effects from the shoulder impingement that sidelined him little more than two weeks ago.
“I didn’t feel anything at all,” said Lugo, who struck out the side in the first and allowed one baserunner in his first three innings but gave up three straight hits to begin the fourth and was pulled after reaching the 70-pitch mark.
“He threw the ball great,” Terry Collins said. “It came out of his hand good . . . I was very, very pleased with the way he threw the ball.”
The Mets exercised caution with Lugo, who has pitched through a partial elbow ligament tear suffered in spring training. “He still uses all his pitches,” Collins said. “I just think he’s approached it the right way by backing off certain pitches that cause problems.”
Harvey nearing return
Matt Harvey has generated pedestrian results during his minor-league rehab assignment, but Collins insists he isn’t worried.
“The most important thing is how he feels,” he said.
“ . . . We’ve seen it in the past, lots of times when it’s hard to get motivated when your sights are the major leagues. If he feels good, if he feels the ball came out good, then I think that’s the most important thing right now.”
Harvey is working his way back from a stress injury in his right shoulder that has sidelined him since June. In four rehab starts, the last of which was on Saturday, he has a 4.63 ERA with eight strikeouts and three walks in 11 2⁄3 innings.
In his last outing, he flashed a diminished fastball in the low 90s, though he thinks that number will tick up with the adrenaline from a regular big-league game.
Said Collins: “We’re hoping that his next [outing] is a start with us.”
Noah Syndergaard (torn lat) will throw a live batting practice session Wednesday. The Mets believe there will be enough games in the minor-league season to get the righty into a rehab game. “We certainly plan on getting him back sometime in September,” Collins said . . . Rafael Montero still is in line to start Wednesday despite making a relief appearance in the first game of the doubleheader . . . Damage left by Hurricane Harvey could force a change in the schedule for the Mets, who are supposed to begin a series in Houston on Friday.