Update: d’Arnaud is being considered day-to-day with a hyperextended elbow, per ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. X-rays were negative.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud suffered an injury on a play at the plate in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Braves. With A.J. Pierzynski on third base, Pedro Ciriaco hit a fly ball to left field. Outfielder Michael Cuddyer caught the ball and fired home. The throw took d’Arnaud into the line and Pierzynski collided with him, appearing to injure d’Arnaud’s left arm.
It’s unfortunate for d’Arnaud and the Mets as he had just come off of the disabled list on June 10 after healing from a fractured right pinkie finger suffered in late April. He entered play Saturday batting .279/.324/.485 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 74 plate appearances. Kevin Plawecki and Anthony Recker would handle catching duties if d’Arnaud has to miss any time.
Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.
Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.
Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.