Mets place d'Arnaud on DL with wrist bruise

Mets place d'Arnaud on DL with wrist bruise

NEW YORK -- Travis d'Arnaud's bruised right wrist landed him on the 10-day disabled list, and Mets manager Terry Collins said he believes the club will be without its starting catcher for more than the minimum.

"It's that bone bruise that they found, they discovered," Collins said before the Mets hosted the Marlins on Friday night at Citi Field. "It sounds like it's not a big deal, but we know from the past, it is a big deal. There's no timeframe right now. ... It won't be just a 10-day DL, I don't think."

The Mets recalled right-hander Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas, and he replaced injured Noah Syndergaard in the starting rotation for his turn on Friday night. Rene Rivera caught Montero on Friday, with Kevin Plawecki scheduled to catch Robert Gsellman on Saturday.

d'Arnaud initially got hurt on April 19 on a throw to second base when his wrist struck the bat of Aaron Altherr on the follow-through. He was only able to pinch-hit over the next four games.

d'Arnaud returned to the starting lineup on April 26, batting .240 as recently as April 28. He aggravated the injury on a swing against Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Tuesday. He finds himself on the DL with a .203 average, four home runs and 16 RBIs in 22 games.

d'Arnaud's two-homer game

"The swelling wouldn't go away for the past two days, so we went and got it checked and it showed a bone bruise in my hand, and I just need time to let it heal," said d'Arnaud, who is required to wear a splint on the wrist.

d'Arnaud added that since the initial injury, the wrist has at times flared up but "nothing as serious as this last time." He has been prescribed anti-inflammatories and can continue his conditioning, but he may not do baseball activities.

Injuries have plagued the 28-year-old. In 2015, he had DL stints for hand and elbow injuries, playing in just 67 games. In '16, a shoulder injury kept him out, limiting him to 75 games.

"It's pretty frustrating for us because we know what this guy's potential is, and we've seen it," Collins said. "It seems like just when he starts to get it going, something happens. Again, it's not one of those three- or four-day things. It's something that takes him out of the lineup for two weeks or three weeks. Hopefully, this doesn't take that long."

Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.