Don’t expect to see Travis d’Arnaud back behind the plate for the Mets anytime soon. After a doctor’s visit on Monday, he was ordered to rest, and there is no timetable for his return.
d’Arnaud received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right shoulder and doctors confirmed the original diagnosis of a strained rotator cuff. After experiencing pain during a throwing session on Saturday, he will refrain from all baseball activities, including hitting, for an undetermined amount of time.
“It’s just going to take more time,” Mets assistant GM John Ricco said. “Shoulders can heal quickly. They can take time. Clearly he’s not ready yet, so we’ll give it more time and rehab.”
Ricco said doctors have ruled out surgery for the time being.
Would it be a shock to anyone if Travis d’Arnaud misses the rest of the season? If that is the case, the Mets really have to start rethinking whether he can be a long-term answer as the team’s catcher. As promising as he is, the guy just cannot stay healthy. It is difficult to make plans with someone like that in such a key position.
And besides, the Mets already have one chronically injured player (David Wright); do they really need another?