Travis d'Arnaud has been placed on the disabled list after exiting Saturday's game with an injured elbow. Initial reports were that the Mets had dodged a bullet, as the ailment was being described as a "hyperextended elbow." But after undergoing an MRI, the 26-year-old catcher has been sent back to New York for additional exams. It is the second time this season that d'Arnaud has been placed on the disabled list—he missed over a month with a fractured right hand.
Kevin Plawecki will assume d'Arnaud's spot in the starting lineup, while Johnny Monell has joined the team in Milwaukee. Monell, who batted .063/.118/.125 in 17 plate appearances with the big league club this year, was batting a robust .374/.434/.551 in 166 plate appearances with the Las Vegas 51s. The Mets will need someone to step up and replace d'Arnaud's .873 OPS before their wounded lineup—and its resulting offensive production—sinks further into the abyss.