The Mets will be without catcher Travis d’Arnaud a little while longer. He was expected to come off of the disabled list next week after recovering from a fractured right pinkie finger, but he now has a bone bruise in his wrist, per ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.
It’s not known how d’Arnaud suffered the wrist injury nor exactly how much extra time he’ll need before returning to the Mets. He suffered the broken pinkie when he was hit on the right hand with a fastball from Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos. Prior to landing on the disabled list, d’Arnaud was hitting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 45 plate appearances.
Kevin Plawecki and Anthony Recker will continue to handle most of the catching duties while d’Arnaud remains out.
The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.
Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.
As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.
Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.
The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”