Update: d’Arnaud is being considered day-to-day with a hyperextended elbow, per ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. X-rays were negative.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud suffered an injury on a play at the plate in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Braves. With A.J. Pierzynski on third base, Pedro Ciriaco hit a fly ball to left field. Outfielder Michael Cuddyer caught the ball and fired home. The throw took d’Arnaud into the line and Pierzynski collided with him, appearing to injure d’Arnaud’s left arm.
It’s unfortunate for d’Arnaud and the Mets as he had just come off of the disabled list on June 10 after healing from a fractured right pinkie finger suffered in late April. He entered play Saturday batting .279/.324/.485 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 74 plate appearances. Kevin Plawecki and Anthony Recker would handle catching duties if d’Arnaud has to miss any time.
Chris Heston was a 12th-round pick in 2009 and entered play Tuesday with a 4.35 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in career major league 70 1/3 innings. The only reason he’s in the Giants’ starting rotation is because veteran Matt Cain is battling ongoing right elbow issues. Both throw out all that stuff for now.
Heston was brilliant Tuesday night in a no-hitter at the Mets’ Citi Field, striking out 11 batters and issuing zero walks while hurling 72 of his 110 pitches for strikes. He did plunk back-to-back batters in the bottom of the fourth and he opened the bottom of the ninth with a plunking of Anthony Recker, but that just adds to the mystique here. Heston is the only pitcher in the history of baseball to hit three batters in a no-hitter. There have been 288 no-hitters all time.
It was the fourth no-hitter in four years for the San Francisco Giants. Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres on July 13, 2012 and again on June 25, 2014. Matt Cain no-hit the Astros on June 13, 2012.
Heston is the first Giants rookie to throw a no-hitter since Jeff Tesreau in 1912.
The 27-year-old also drove in two runs Tuesday in the Giants’ 5-0 victory.
We’ve got a no-hitter alert from Citi Field in Queens.
Giants right-hander Chris Heston has allowed zero hits — and zero walks — through seven innings Tuesday night against the host Mets. He did plunk Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda with pitches in the bottom of the fourth inning, which is what’s keeping this from being a perfect game watch. Updates to come as Heston tries to finish this thing off.
The 27-year-old former 12th-round pick entered his start Tuesday with an underwhelming 4.29 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 70 1/3 career major league frames.
EIGHTH INNING: Heston got groundouts from Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, and Eric Campbell in the bottom of the eighth. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford made a nice play on Campbell’s, a hard shot to the left side of the infield that Crawford had to backhand. Heston is at 96 pitches with three outs to go.
NINTH INNING: Heston hit Anthony Recker with his very first pitch in the bottom of the ninth — Heston’s third HBP of the game. But he struck out pinch-hitter Danny Muno, leadoff man Curtis Granderson, and then Ruben Tejada — all looking — to finish off the no-hitter. It’s the fourth no-no in four years for the Giants.
The Mets will be without catcher Travis d’Arnaud a little while longer. He was expected to come off of the disabled list next week after recovering from a fractured right pinkie finger, but he now has a bone bruise in his wrist, per ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.
It’s not known how d’Arnaud suffered the wrist injury nor exactly how much extra time he’ll need before returning to the Mets. He suffered the broken pinkie when he was hit on the right hand with a fastball from Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos. Prior to landing on the disabled list, d’Arnaud was hitting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 45 plate appearances.
Kevin Plawecki and Anthony Recker will continue to handle most of the catching duties while d’Arnaud remains out.