Travis d'Arnaud left the Mets' game early this evening after he was hit in the right shoulder by a foul tip. Although he stayed in the game for a little while after he was hit, d'Arnaud gave way to Anthony Recker in the top of the fourth inning.
Travis d'Arnaud left tonight's game with a sore right shoulder.— New York Mets (@Mets) September 18, 2013
The fact that d'Arnaud didn't have to leave the game immediately is probably a good sign. Here's hoping Terry Collins and the training staff were just being cautious by replacing d'Arnaud because the Mets are playing a meaningless game tonight.
In 24 games in the big leagues, d'Arnaud has hit just .167/.233/.231, which translates to a .213 wOBA and 32 wRC+. But his .194 batting average on balls in play figures to increase with time, and he's been praised for his pitch framing abilities behind the plate.