The Mets have placed catcher Travis d'Arnaud on the disabled list because of a strained right rotator cuff. The 27-year-old left last night's win over the Reds after the seventh inning, complaining of shoulder discomfort.
It seems likely that d'Arnaud injured the shoulder during a sixth inning at-bat. SNY's camera's showed the catcher grimacing immediately after hitting a single. After the game, manager Terry Collins expressed concern with d'Arnaud's status, and it looks like that concern was warranted.
d'Arnaud has battled a host of injuries during his young career, including hand and elbow injuries that limited him to only 67 games in 2015. When he was on the field, d'Arnaud was one of the best offensive catchers in baseball, hitting .268/.340/.485 with 12 home runs over 268 plate appearances. Although he has gotten off to a slow start in 2016, his absence leaves a big, if not unfamiliar, hole in the Mets' lineup.
The team has not released any information in regards to a timetable for d'Arnaud's injury, but Rene Rivera has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas, while Kevin Plawecki will likely start the majority of the games in d'Arnaud's absence. The 32-year-old Rivera is a career .211/.258/.331 hitter. The 25-year-old Plawecki has yet to find success at the major league level, hitting .216/.282/.288 over 278 career plate appearances, after hitting successfully at every minor league level.