The health of Travis d’Arnaud isn’t the biggest problem facing the Mets right now, but maybe it should be bumped up the list a little bit. While the team has depth at outfield and first base, catcher is a position where the drop-off in offensive production from d’Arnaud to his backup Rene Rivera is pretty severe.
d’Arnaud appeared to be over the wrist contusion he suffered on April 19 when he homered twice and led the Mets to a win last Friday night. However, after he exited Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning due to soreness in the same right wrist, it seems the injury has either been bothering d’Arnaud this whole time or it just recently resurfaced. It’s worth noting that those two home runs are the only two hits that the backstop has since the injury. Before getting hurt, he had a .946 OPS that has since shrunk to .762 overall.
On the other hand, d’Aranud was available to pinch-hit the day after the initial injury; the biggest problem for him was said to be throwing the ball. After this setback, the Mets could opt to have him rest on the bench for a few days or place him on the disabled list in the hope that 10 days off from baseball can help the wrist completely heal.