- Catcher Travis d’Arnaud made his first appearance behind the plate last night on his current rehab assignment. D’Arnaud caught 7 innings last night for Port St. Lucie at Dunedin. He went 2-4 with a double, one run scored, two RBI’s and one walk. He allowed two stolen bases. D’Arnaud is hitting .273 (6-22) with four RBI and five walks in five rehab games with Port St. Lucie. He was placed on the 15-Day DL on April 26 with a right rotator cuff strain. Manager Terry Collins expects d’Arnaud to return in”7-8 days,” and he is expected to catch a full nine innings with Port St. Lucie tomorrow, before moving his rehab assignment to a higher affiliate.
- Manager Terry Collins is sitting outfielder Michael Conforto today due to wrist soreness. While the injury isn’t believed to be serious, Collins believes the day off could provide the struggling Conforto some good both physically and mentally. Collins told the media that he will put Conforto back in the starting lineup when they resume play on Tuesday.
- Second baseman Neil Walker is not in today’s lineup after leaving yesterday’s game in the third inning with a lower-back injury. Walker is taking anti-inflammatory medication in hopes that he can return to the field as soon as Tuesday, after the Mets day off tomorrow.
- Outfielder Juan Lagares has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb. Lagares, who originally injured the thumb on a diving catch on Saturday, met with team doctors earlier today in New York and is now on his way to Pittsburgh to join the team. There is no indication that Lagares will be put on the disabled list, as the Mets are hoping that Lagares can play through the injury and avoid surgery. You can expect Lagares to sit out the next few games to see if there is any improvement with his thumb. If no progress is made there is a very real possibility Lagares will have to undergo surgery on the thumb. While the Mets have another capable outfielder in Alejandro de Aza who could step up in the fourth outfielder role, no current outfielder on the roster has the defensive pedigree that Lagares possesses. We are now in wait and see mode with Lagares over the next couple of days.
- Catcher Travis d’Arnaud made his first rehab appearance since being placed on the disabled list back on April 26th, last night in Port St. Lucie with the High-A Mets. D’Arnaud served as the designated hitter for the Mets and went 1-5 with an RBI. D’Arnaud has reportedly been making throws of 150 feet but no throws using full force yet. It is expected that the 27-year old catcher will begin fielding his normal position in about a week or so, depending on how his rotator cuff feels. As of right now it looks like d’Arnaud could end up using his full twenty day rehab window to get up to speed, which would have him returning to the big league club at the end of the month.
- Zack Wheeler who has joined the Mets in Miami, as he rehabs in nearby Port St. Lucie, has told reporters that his 2016 debut has been pushed back until after the All-Star Break. The current timetable now puts Wheeler’s debut at 16 months off of recovery coming off of Tommy John Surgery. Wheeler was orginally scheduled for a July 1st return but after having an undissolved stitch removed from his throwing arm earlier this season, the Mets plan to play it safe and give Wheeler a little extra time to get up to speed. Wheeler is expected to throw 30 pitches off a mound today for Mets coaches prior to this afternoon’s game.
- It is being reported that catcher Travis d’Arnaud could possibly begin a Minor League rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. The only issue however is that d’Arnaud would appear in those rehab games as a designated hitter. The Mets still do not have a solid estimate as to when he will begin throwing, as he is currently still nursing that strained right rotator cuff injury. D’Arnaud has been on the disabled list since April 26.
- When the Mets open a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, the Mets will face a familiar foe in left-handed pitcher Jon Niese. Niese is currently scheduled to start on Monday against another lefty in Steven Matz. It could be argued that Matz arrival in the big leagues last season pushed Niese out of his rotation spot, and it will be an interesting matchup nonetheless to watch two southpaws do battle. Niese was acquired in the offseason by the Pirates in a trade for second baseman Neil Walker. Niese holds a 5-2 record with a 4.36 ERA for the Pirates in 11 starts, although he has been pitching his best baseball of the season over his last five starts.
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.