Tim Britton of The Athletic reports that Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been placed on the 10-day DL after being diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The Mets are still determining whether he’ll have surgery, but this is obviously a major injury either way.
d’Arnaud is 3-for-15 in four games this season. Kevin Plawecki has played in six games and is 3-for-19. He’s a far worse hitter than d’Arnaud over the course of his career. d’Arnaud, of course, has had a heck of a time staying healthy. Catcher Tomas Nido has been called up to take his spot on the active roster and will, presumably, back up Plawecki.
The Mets season has started off wonderfully, but this is certainly bad news.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.