Another one bites the dust: Mets lose young catcher Travis d’Arnaud to fractured right hand

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First the Mets lost reliever Jerry Blevins to a broken left forearm. And this one stings even worse …

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud suffered a fractured right hand on Sunday afternoon when he was hit by an A.J. Ramos pitch. The injury is to d’Arnaud’s throwing hand, so he’s going to be out for a while.

Anthony Recker came on to replace d’Arnaud on the bases and behind the plate in Sunday’s game against the Marlins, an eventual 7-6 victory. You’d have to think the Mets, who are currently at the very top of the National League East standings with a record of 10-3, will give strong consideration to calling up prospect Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The 26-year-old d’Arnaud had a terrific second half last season for New York and he was off to a very promising start in 2015, hitting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 11 games played.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.