Well, that didn’t take long. Eight games after missing two months with an injury, Travis d’Arnaud is back on the disabled list. If this is going to become a regular thing, the Mets have to seriously rethink d’Arnaud as their catcher of the future.
Now, the optimists point out d’Arnaud’s injuries are freak things; this time, he sprained his elbow on tag. Earlier this year he fractured a finger when he was hit by a pitch. He’s also missed time over his career with a concussion, a fractured foot, bulging discs and a knee injury. None of these is chronic, which is a good thing.
However, we’ve seen this before — players who just cannot stay healthy for one reason or another. Former Mets Moises Alou and Cliff Floyd come to mind. It is looking like Travis d’Arnaud is going to be one of those players.
You just can’t count on a player who will almost certainly miss significant time every year, especially at catcher where your backup is usually a far inferior player.
I’ve always wondered if there are people who are susceptible to injuries because of their body makeup. Are their bodies just weaker? If there are any doctors out there, please chime in.
The Mets will soon have to make a choice between Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki. It might not be as difficult a decision as it first appeared.