NEW YORK -- Help may be on the way for the hobbled New York Mets.
The left-handed Matz started and went three innings, allowing a run and two hits while throwing 53 pitches against Detroit's Lakeland affiliate. The right-handed Lugo followed with 3 2/3 scoreless innings on 42 pitches. Both pitchers have been sidelined since spring training with inflammation in their pitching elbows.
D'Arnaud is working his way back from a bruised right wrist. He caught seven innings and had two singles in four at-bats.
The Mets have dropped seven straight and are seven games under .500 for the first time since September 2014. The rotation has been particularly troubled, posting the third-worst ERA in the majors (5.13) entering Thursday while missing Matz, Lugo and ace Noah Syndergaard, who is out until after the All-Star break with a torn muscle in his right arm.