Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Travis d’Arnaud got his season off to a good start, and then he got injured. The good news is that this time, the injury is seemingly minor. The Mets’ catcher was trying to throw out Philadelphia’s Cesar Hernandez in his steal attempt of second base in the top of the fifth inning on Wednesday night. However, Aaron Altherr, the outfielder who struck out on the very same pitch, loitered in the batter’s box during d’Arnaud’s throw, causing his bat to bang against d’Arnaud’s wrist.
Two innings later, d’Arnaud left the game with a right wrist contusion, the latest in a long list of physical ailments he’s endured throughout his frustrating Mets career.
Since first being called up to Queens in 2013, d’Arnaud has played 100 games in a season just once, but when he’s on the field, he’s shown some potential on offense, such as in 2015, when he hit .268/.340/.485 in 67 games. This year, the backstop is off to a hot start, with two home runs and a .946 OPS through 11 games. Hopefully this latest injury is just a blip on the radar and not another speed bump on his up-and-down career.
Even if the wrist contusion is not a big deal, the Mets could send d’Arnaud to the disabled list anyway. Not only is it dangerous to go into a game with just one catcher available, but the new 10-day DL that MLB introduced this year allows teams to be more flexible with their 25-man rosters.