Mets catchers Travis d'Arnaud left the team's game in Atlanta early after opposing catcher A.J. Pierzynski collided with his left arm as he scored on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. d'Arnaud appeared to be in a good deal of pain immediately after the play, though after getting checked out by trainer Ray Ramirez, he looked like he wanted to stay in the game.
But he came out, and the Mets sent him to the hospital for x-rays on his left elbow, which came back negative. d'Arnaud was diagnosed with a hyperextended elbow, which is certainly preferable to any sort of more serious injury. The catcher has hit .296/.338/.535 for the Mets this year and has been one of the team's very best hitters. If he were facing another lengthy absence, the Mets would undoubtedly suffer. Neither Kevin Plawecki nor Anthony Recker has been nearly as productive at the plate as d'Arnaud this year.