Leading off the second inning, Pence fouled a 3-0 fastball straight back, striking d’Arnaud in the shoulder. The rookie catcher stayed in the game for another two innings, but did not come back out on defense for the top of the fourth. He was replaced by Anthony Recker.
After the game Terry Collins told reporters that D’Arnaud took the foul tip right off the tip of the shoulder and that it started to bother him as the game wore on.
“While he sat on the bench that inning, it started to stiffen up on him. He went out the next inning and had a tough time throwing to second. As the inning went on he really had a tough time just throwing the ball back to the pitcher. When he came off, he said he was real stiff, so I just made the switch. He’ll be fine. It will be a couple of days, I would think.”
D’Arnaud would later downplay it. “I’ll be all right. It smoked me in the shoulder, and then as the game progressed, it started tightening up a lot and was messing with my throwing and everything.”
The young catching prospect missed nearly four months of the season when a foul tip broke his foot in early April.
This sounds like a day-to-day thing and nothing to worry about. I’m actually more worried about Wilmer Flores and every time he runs I keep thinking he’s going to tear his Achilles tendon or worse. I wish they would just shut him down.