The Mets have activated catcher Travis d’Arnaud from the disabled list and optioned Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas. d’Arnaud had been on the disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff since April 26, and the return of the team's Opening Day catcher could not come soon enough for a Mets team that has consistently struggled to score runs.
The 27-year-old has played in only 13 games this season, hitting a disappointing .196/.288/.261 with no home runs over 52 plate appearances. When healthy, though, d’Arnaud is clearly the best option behind the dish for the Mets. He was one of the top offensive catchers in 2015, hitting .268/.340/.485 with 12 home runs over 268 plate appearances. Unfortunately, injuries have followed the talented catcher throughout his career, and he was limited to just 67 regular season games last year.
Rene Rivera will remain with the Mets as the team’s backup catcher, while Plawecki will head back to Triple-A for more seasoning. Plawecki, who was given a golden opportunity to prove that he belongs on a major league team, hit just .194/.301/.258 over over 148 plate appearances while throwing out only 24% of would-be base-stealers. Rivera, by comparison, has thrown out 36% of attempted base-stealers.