Death, taxes, and Travis d’Arnaud on the disabled list. d’Arnaud was placed on the 10-day disabled list for a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, which might require season-ending Tommy John surgery. The Mets have recalled Tomas Nido from Triple-A Las Vegas to back-up the new starter, Kevin Plawecki.
The 29-year old catcher’s injury history is lengthy-enough to be a separate post on its own. In 2013, d’Arnaud missed three months of the season from a fractured bone in his left foot. In 2014, he suffered a concussion which put him on the shelf for a few weeks. d’Arnaud missed a good chunk of the 2015 season from nursing a broken hand and a sprained elbow in separate injuries. In 2016, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list for a strained shoulder. In a 2017 season that was already wrought with injuries for the Mets, d’Arnaud missed stints of time early in the season with a bruised right wrist.
d’Arnaud’s injury puts a damper on what has been the best 10-game start in a season in franchise history for the Mets. Kevin Plawecki will assume everyday starter duties until d’Arnaud returns. Plawecki had an okay offensive season as the backup catcher in 2017, hitting for a .260 BA, .331 wOBA, and 106 wRC+ in 118 plate appearances, so the Mets should be in good hands offensively.
Tomas Nido, the 23-year old catcher who will replace d’Arnaud on the 25-man roster, hit a .232 BA, a .299 wOBA, and a 85 wRC+ in 404 at-bats in Double-A Binghamton in 2017. He hit a total of 8 home runs and 60 RBIs last year, too. Nido performed well behind the dish as a catcher, throwing out 23 baserunners attempting to steal in 51 stealing attempts in 2017.
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