In an effort to rest of rotator cuff strain, Travis d'Arnaud is still resting and not doing any baseball activity in Port St. Lucie, Terry Collins said Tuesday.
Kevin Plawecki had started every game since d'Arnaud was put on the disabled list April 26.
"This is a great opportunity for Kevin to show that he can be an everyday catcher," Terry Collins said Tuesday. "Certainly, I don't mean to put a lot of pressure on him, but he's got to start getting some hits because that's one of the things we all said he can do. We all thought he was going to be a good offensive player and I know he's frustrated."
Plawecki, 25, is batting just .176 with a .333 OBP and no extra base hits in 42 plate appearances this season.
"I feel like I've shown what I can do. It's just a matter of getting a couple of things to fall here and there," Plawecki added, according to Newsday. "I feel like I'm having some good at-bats. It is frustrating. I'm not going to lie about that. I'm not going to press too hard about it. I'm just going to keep working and the hits will fall. They've always evened out at the end of the year. ... It's still early."
Rene Rivera, who was added to the 25-man roster to replace d'Arnaud, started Wednesday's day game in place of Plawecki and hit a two-run home run.
Despite Rivera's home run, which was the first by a Mets catcher this season, he is not generally viewed as having a chance to win the full-time catching job. That opportunity will go to Plawecki, who the Mets have long projected to be a well-rounded, full-time catcher, with not a lot of power, but the ability to put the ball in play and consistenly get on base.
I still think d'Arnaud has more upside, but he's also always injured or coming back from injury. Again, I realize Rivera hit a home run. But, he's 32, a journeyman and known more for his glove and arm. Plawecki will be back in there tomorrow. And, like TC said, this is a big opportunity for him to step up and show what he can do on a full-time basis.