Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud


Mets Catcher Travis D'Arnaud Opts For Tommy John Surgery

April 13, 2018 - 3:15 pm


Just two weeks in, Travis d'Arnaud's season is officially over.

The Mets announced Friday that the catcher will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery next week at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. D'Arnaud was diagnosed earlier this week with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He spent the past couple of days weighing his treatment options.

News of d'Arnaud's surgery came on the same day the Mets announced their other main catcher, Kevin Plawecki, has a hairline fracture in his left hand. He has been placed on the 10-day disabled list and is expected to miss three to four weeks.

The team called up Tomas Nido, their top catching prospect, from Double-A Binghamton earlier this week, and then promoted former Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday. 

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In four games this season, d'Arnaud hit .200 with one home run and three RBIs. Last season, he batted .244 with 16 homers and drove in 57 runs.

D'Arnaud has struggled to stay healthy throughout his Mets career. Last season, he missed about three weeks with a bone contusion when his wrist struck the bat of the Phillies’ Aaron Altherr while making a throw to second base.

He missed about two months in 2016 with a shoulder strain. During the Mets' 2015 World Series season, he broke his right hand after being hit by a pitch, missing 46 games. Less than two weeks after he returned, he injured his elbow in a play at the plate and missed 32 more games.

During his 2014 rookie year, d'Arnaud suffered a concussion and a chipped a bone in his throwing elbow.

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The Mets also recalled outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Las Vegas on Friday and optioned reliever Jacob Rhame to Triple A. 

In other injury updates provided by the team:

• Starting pitcher Jason Vargas (hand) pitched a simulated game in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Thursday

• Reliever Anthony Swarzak (oblique) continues his throwing program.