Rookie catcher Travis d’Arnaud is out of the Mets’ lineup for tonight’s game with some sort of physical malady and is being examined by a doctor in Washington, D.C., but for whatever reason the team is refusing to give any details.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York spoke to a source who says it’s merely the flu, although why the Mets would avoid simply saying that seems especially odd.
Here’s more from Rubin:
The Mets, generally fairly open with player injuries, do not want to tip off the Houston Astros, who visit Citi Field this weekend, about what is ailing d’Arnaud. So they were not very forthcoming with the issue. Still, teams have been running wild on the rookie catcher anyway, so it is unlikely to affect the Astros’ game-planning.
What a weird stance to take for a couple of non-contending teams playing out the string.