Travis d'Arnaud traveled to New York on Monday to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his ailing right shoulder. The good news is the shoulder does not require surgery, but d'Arnaud will be shut down from baseball activities for at least a week.
The catcher was off to a slow start this season, hitting just .196/.288/.261 with no home runs. He was originally placed on the disabled list on April 26 with a strained right rotator cuff. He had left a game the night before after feeling some discomfort in his shoulder. d'Arnaud tried to resume throwing on Saturday but was shut down again when he felt some discomfort in the same shoulder, and that prompted the visit to the doctor on Monday.
In d'Arnaud's absence, Kevin Plawecki has been doing the bulk of catching, as was the case last year when d'Arnaud was on the disabled list for an extended period of time. The Mets have shown confidence in Plawecki, allowing him to play despite his offensive struggles. Manager Terry Collins expressed belief that Plawecki would hit, and perhaps that belief is paying off as Plawecki had a good series in San Diego and hit his first home run of the year last night against the Dodgers. There are other statistics that suggest Plawecki does have some promise at the plate.
The only other viable option the Mets have at catcher is Rene Rivera, who is known more for his defense despite having already hit a home run in his brief time with the Mets. If Plawecki continues to struggle and d'Arnaud is out indefinitely, the Mets might have to look to acquire another catcher before the trade deadline.