Limited to just 267 plate appearances last season because of hand and elbow injuries, Travis d'Arnaud left the Mets' win over the Reds on Monday night with shoulder discomfort. SNY cameras appeared to catch d'Arnaud grimacing after hitting a sixth inning single. The 27-year-old stayed in the game until Kevin Plawecki took over catching duties in the top of the eighth.
Terry Collins expressed concern over d'Arnaud's status, and rightfully so. While Kevin Plawecki is still heralded for his potential, he barely cracked the Mendoza line through 258 plate appearances last season, with a .219/.280/.296 line. Plawecki, who's off to a 3-for-17 start at the plate this season, would presumably claim starting catcher duties in d'Arnaud's absence.
While d'Arnaud is scheduled to see a doctor on Tuesday, the Mets may already have a contingency plan in place. Veteran catcher Rene Rivera, who was inked to a minor league deal in early April, was pulled from Monday's game in Triple-A Las Vegas. Rivera, a glove-first journeyman, hit just .178/.213/.275 in 319 plate appearances last season for the Tampa Bay Rays.
d'Arnaud also suffered a minor injury during the team's series in Cleveland last week, after he was plunked by a Zach McAllister fastball on his elbow and got an x-ray, which came back negative.