The Mets won their eighth straight game Sunday against the Marlins improve to 10-3 on the year, but it came as a cost, as catcher Travis d’Arnaud and left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins were forced to leave the game due to injuries. Today we learned a little bit more about how long they’ll be sidelined.
As for d’Arnaud, he suffered a fractured right pinkie finger when was hit by a pitch yesterday. The Mets announced today that he’ll wear a splint for three weeks before being reevaluated. There’s a chance he’ll be able to resume baseball activities at that time, so that’s good news under the circumstances. Prospect catcher Kevin Plawecki is expected to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate during his absence.
Blevins, who was hit by a comebacker yesterday, was diagnosed with a distal radius fracture of the left arm. He’ll wear a splint for six weeks and could resume throwing at that time. Still, it sounds like something that will likely keep him out of the mix for at least the next two months. The Mets are calling up right-hander Hansel Robles to take his place in the bullpen while Alex Torres and Sean Gilmartin will take on bigger roles from the left side.
D’Arnaud was hitting .317 (13-for-41) with two homers and 10 RBI through 11 games this season while Blevins had retired all 15 batters he had faced so far. Tough losses, both of them.
Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.
It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.
While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.
If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.