Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain, after being evaluated at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan today. D’Arnaud had left last night’s game early after appearing to have discomfort in his throwing shoulder. There had been no previous shoulder injury reported prior to last night’s contest according to both d’Arnaud and manager Terry Collins. It’s another unfortunate injury for the Mets starting catcher who can’t seem to stay healthy over the course of a full season. Kevin Plawecki will take over starting catching duties for the Mets.
The Mets have also called up catcher Rene Rivera from AAA Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Rivera had signed a minor league contract with the Mets on April 5th following his unsuspecting release from the Tampa Bay Rays. In Las Vegas Rivera was hitting .280/.357/.320 (7-25) in eight games. The 32-year old catcher is a career .211/.258/.331 hitter in the Major Leagues over his seven year playing career.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets have moved Zack Wheeler from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. This move does not affect Wheeler’s availability to be ready for the Mets on July 1st.