The Mets announced on Friday afternoon that Travis d'Arnaud would have surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow next week. With that, the 25-year-old's season came to an end.
While d'Arnaud's pitch framing has been highly rated in his young major league career, his ability to throw out opposing runners has been a bit of a concern. This year, d'Arnaud threw out just 14 of 72 base stealers, a 19 percent rate that rates a good bit below the league average 27 percent. Perhaps the elbow injury had something to do with at least a few of those opposing stolen bases.
On the bright side, after struggling mightily at the plate early in the season, d'Arnaud hit very, very well after a brief stint in Triple-A Las Vegas. From his return on June 24 through the end of the season, he hit .272/.319/.486. In total, d'Arnaud hit .242/.302/.416 this year, a line that translates to a 103 wRC+. That's an encouraging sign for next year and beyond.