Good news for the slumping Mets offense, as Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that catcher Travis d’Arnaud is on track to return from the disabled list next week.
D’Arnaud has been sidelined since he suffered a fractured right pinkie finger when he was hit by a pitch on April 19, but he’s set to play five innings in an extended spring training game tomorrow. Barring any setbacks, he’ll advance to Triple-A Las Vegas within 5-6 days. This gives him a chance to rejoin the Mets during a three-game series against the Padres early next week or during a four-game series against the Diamondbacks later on in the week.
D’Arnaud was off to an excellent start prior to the injury, batting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 11 games. Kevin Plawecki has served as the primary catcher during his absence, but he’s hitting just .200 with two home runs and a .548 OPS over 24 games during his first stint in the majors.
We usually post videos of Giancarlo Stanton hitting long home runs because he has a penchant for doing that on a regular basis and it’s a lot of fun to marvel over them. However, he can also get it done with the glove. Check out this leaping catch he made against the Pirates tonight to rob Josh Harrison of extra bases:
By the way, Stanton also has his 13th home run of the season tonight.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista hasn’t been able to play in the field since April 21 due a nagging shoulder injury, but he hopes to change that soon.
According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Bautista received a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Sunday. The injury has been described as a “right shoulder strain” until now, but Bautista revealed to reporters on Monday that he’s dealing with “inflammation inside the shoulder joint which causes an impingement.” Options for treatment include rest and exploratory surgery, but he determined that a cortisone shot was “the least invasive but most aggressive next step.”
Bautista has missed the last two games and will resume a throwing program on Tuesday to see if the cortisone shot did its job. The Blue Jays play three games next week against the Nationals under National League rules and have a two-game series against the Mets in New York from June 15-16, so the Blue Jays won’t have the luxury of using him in the DH spot.
Bautista is batting just .215 through 40 games this season, but he has seven home runs and a .364 on-base percentage to go along with an .817 OPS.
Brewers outfielder Khris Davis slugged two solo home runs this afternoon against the Giants, but he nearly had one of them taken away. After Davis took Tim Lincecum deep in the first inning, the Giants appealed that he missed home plate. After some confusion with the umpiring crew about how to handle the situation, Lincecum threw to Buster Posey and home plate umpire Will Little confirmed the out. However, Brewers manager Craig Counsell challenged the play and the call was reversed after replay review. It was quite an amusing sequence of events.
Check it out in the video out below:
Davis hit another homer in his very next at-bat, but there was no controversy this time, as he appeared to learn his lesson. He made sure to step right in the middle of home plate on the way back to the dugout.
Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta left his most recent start with tightness in his side and the Brewers announced today that he’s going on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell initially expressed optimism that Peralta wouldn’t have to miss a start, but he told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com today that he’ll be out at least four weeks. No decision has been made on his replacement for Wednesday against the Giants, but right-hander Michael Blazek is one possibility for the assignment.
Through nine starts this season, the 26-year-old Peralta owns a 4.00 ERA and 35/14 K/BB ratio in 54 innings.