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Mets place Travis d’Arnaud on the disabled list, recall Rafael Montero

A bone bruise sends the Mets’ catcher to the DL.

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After avoiding a stint on the disabled list in April, Travis d’Arnaud was not so lucky this time around. The Mets have placed him on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to May 3 with a bone bruise on his right wrist. Right-handed pitcher Rafael Montero has been called up to take his place on the active roster and will get the start tonight against the Marlins, as had been expected.

The loss of d’Arnaud is a significant one for the Mets. Mostly hitting out of the number eight spot in the lineup, he provided some useful power early in the season. Most significantly, he crushed two home runs off Max Scherzer last week, leading the Mets to an important win over their division rival that also snapped a six-game losing streak. With him on the shelf, the Mets will turn to Rene Rivera and Kevin Plawecki as their primary catchers. Rivera is expected to start today and Sunday, while Plawecki will start tomorrow.

With any luck, d’Arnaud will return when he is eligible on May 13, but SNY’s Steve Gelbs reports that he is currently wearing a splint and may have to remain on the DL for longer than that.

With Montero replacing d’Arnaud on the 25-man roster, the Mets once again have a four-man bench.