Tim Britton of The Athletic reports that Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been placed on the 10-day DL after being diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The Mets are still determining whether he’ll have surgery, but this is obviously a major injury either way.
d’Arnaud is 3-for-15 in four games this season. Kevin Plawecki has played in six games and is 3-for-19. He’s a far worse hitter than d’Arnaud over the course of his career. d’Arnaud, of course, has had a heck of a time staying healthy. Catcher Tomas Nido has been called up to take his spot on the active roster and will, presumably, back up Plawecki.
The Mets season has started off wonderfully, but this is certainly bad news.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.