For the fifth straight season now, Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who was limited to 67 games last season, has been placed on the disabled list.
The 15-day DL started on Tuesday after a shoulder discomfort made d’Arnaud unable to return to the eighth inning during Monday’s game, where they won 5-3 against the Cincinnati Reds.
“I felt it bark up,” d’Arnaud said, according to the New York Post. And though he wasn’t too concerned about the pain, it’s clear that manager Terry Collins is nervous about his condition.
The irritation, which d’Arnaud has never experienced before, started when he was trying to throw out a base stealer as the Cincinnati Reds’ runners were 5 for 5 in stolen-base attempts.
Said d’Arnaud per ESPN, “I didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve never really experienced shoulder pain before. But it could have been a lot worse. It will be good to get this out of the way, and get back on the field soon.”
According to manager Terry Collins, they are going to monitor the condition. “There’s two positions where arm injuries can be pretty devastating, and one is behind the plate. We’ll wait and see how the rest goes, how he comes out of that,” he added.
According to Fox Sports, D’Arnaud previously had a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while he was playing at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2012. A broken bone on his left foot, on the other hand, which occurred on a foul tip during an April 17 game with the Mets, incurred him a 3-month absence.
In 2014 with the Mets, an elbow surgery caused him to miss the final five games of the season, while from April 21 to June 10, as well as from June 21 to July 30 last year, he was also placed on the DL due to a metacarpal fracture and strained left elbow, respectively.
During d’Arnaud’s absence, Kevin Plawecki will be the starting catcher for the bulk of the games. While subbing for d’Arnaud this season, he’s batting .176 (3 for 17), with three homers and 21 RBIs.
During his big league career, d’Arnaud has been plagued with injuries, with just 18 percent of base stealers (27 of 147) while serving his Mets tenure. He is hitting .196 in 13 games this season.