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.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.