With one out in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano struck out against reliever Jeurys Familia. Soriano smacked Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud on the head on his backswing, sending him backwards a bit. d’Arnaud stayed in the game after indicating that he was okay to Mets manager Terry Collins and the team trainer.
ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports, however, that Collins intimated on SNY’s pregame show that d’Arnaud will end up on the seven-day concusion disabled list. The team doesn’t have to make an official move until tomorrow, so nothing is official yet.
Should d’Arnaud sit out for a week, the Mets would utilize Anthony Recker on an everyday basis, and would likely promote Juan Centeno to serve as the back-up for a short while.
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.