Mets C Travis d'Arnaud will have Tommy John surgery next week to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow, it was announced Friday. The surgery will almost certainly end his season.
Along with d'Arnaud, the Mets are without C Kevin Plawecki, who is expected to miss two-to-three weeks due to a hairline fracture to his left hand.
To replace d'Arnaud and Plawecki on the roster, the Mets have called up Double-A Binghamton catcher Tomas Nido and Triple-A Las Vegas catcher Jose Lobaton. D'Arnaud was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Lobaton on the 40-man roster.
"I didn't say a word for about a minute (after finding out)," d'Arnaud said Friday about his injury. "I couldn't believe that's what it was."
"For me, it sucks more this year with all the expectations had," he added.
D'Arnaud, who was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday due to the injury, told DiComo he wasn't sure what percentage his UCL was torn.
The 29-year-old d'Arnaud had three hits (including one HR) in 15 at-bats this season. He had been splitting time with Kevin Plawecki in what the Mets hoped would be an effective platoon this season.
D'Arnaud is arbitration-eligible after the season.
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Well this just sucks. Is it possible for the Mets to go one season without a player needing Tommy John surgery? It doesn't feel like it is. Yes, the recovery from TJS is not as bad for a position player as it is for a pitcher, but still.
T.J. Rivera last season, d'Arnaud this season. Come on.
And on top of this all? D'Arnaud ended last season playing well and hit well all throughout Spring Training. We were finally starting to see the catcher we needed to see (and one we complained about for three seasons).
No, d'Arnaud's throwing wasn't always great, and now we might have an idea as to why. But his performance at the plate was coming along. He was making contact and contributing. And now he can't.
This comes as an even bigger hit with Kevin Plawecki out right now as well, as he was about to take on the starting role.