Mets doctors have diagnosed the catcher with a bone spur that broke off inside his elbow and surgery has been scheduled for Oct. 1 to remove it. "It could have been a lot worse," d'Arnaud said Friday afternoon at Citi Field. "It could have been ligament damage. It could have been muscle damage. Unfortunately it was something [nonetheless], but it is what it is. I've just got to keep my head up, go through this process and get it fixed." d'Arnaud said he could not remember when he first felt discomfort in his elbow, but that the throw he made in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game against the Nationals exacerbated it. The rehab process should take approximately one month, giving d'Arnaud more than enough time to be 100 percent by Opening Day.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored against the Marlins on Monday.
d'Arnaud got the start in the three-hole and delivered, smacking an RBI double as part of a two-hit game. The backstop has been on a tear in September, batting .378 (17-for-45) with six doubles, one home run and eight RBIs. After an ice-cold start to the season, d'Arnaud is clearly a must-start in all formats.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs against the Nationals on Friday.
d’Arnaud is finally looking like the catcher the Mets envisioned when they received him in the R.A. Dickey trade back in December 2012. The 25-year-old has been one of the best catchers in baseball since a tune-up with Triple-A back in June, slashing .283/.325/.496 with 10 homers and 31 RBIs. Behind the plate, however, d’Arnaud has struggled, allowing a league-high 12 passed balls this year.
The Mets’ prized prospect acquisition from last offseason, d’Arnaud entered 2013 with high hopes of making a Major League contribution. The touted catcher was unable to do so, however, as first-half injuries delayed a debut that saw him hit .202/.286/.263 in 112 plate appearances. Last season aside, the 25-year-old is expected to receive the bulk of the Mets’ backstop at-bats in 2014, earning a chance to break out as many believe he eventually can.
Fantasy Bottom Line: Prized prospect should be viewed as burgeoning young star.