The Mets have placed C Travis d'Arnaud on the 10-day DL due to a partial UCL tear in his right elbow, the team announced Wednesday.
Treatment options for d'Arnaud, including potential surgery, will be determined in the coming days. He informed the Mets on Tuesday about the discomfort.
"I don't think it was a specific play," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Wednesday night's game. "Just something that started to develop. He's gonna think about getting it taken care of, and go from there."
"Right now, we have to consider (Kevin) Plawecki is the guy," Callaway added.
C Tomas Nido has been called up from Double-A Binghamton to take d'Arnaud's place on the roster.
The 29-year-old d'Arnaud, who has not played the last two games, has three hits (including one HR) in 15 at-bats this season. He has been splitting time with Plawecki in what the Mets hoped would be an effective platoon this season.
Nido, 23, has never played above Double-A. He hit .232/.287/.354 with eight HR in 102 games last season for Double-A Binghamton.
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Partial UCL tears can go a number of ways, as the Mets have seen with Seth Lugo (who rehabbed and is currently pitching with a tear) and T.J. Rivera (who had Tommy John surgery last September and hopes to return by May).
For d'Arnaud, whether or not he opts for surgery will be determined by the severity of the tear. While pitchers usually need 12-to-18 months to return from TJS, position players can return in as little as six months. But while the recovery time for position players is quicker, d'Arnaud's 2018 will almost certainly be over if he needs surgery.
It will also be interesting to find out when d'Arnaud first started to feel discomfort in his elbow, as his attempts to throw out would-be base-stealers this season had been quite poor.
The timing here is unfortunate, since d'Arnaud and Plawecki both ended the 2017 season on a high note. And there was hope that they could form a solid platoon this season. As of now, the bulk of the starts at catcher will likely go to Plawecki, who has three hits in 19 at-bats so far this season.
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