Alderson: No Plans To Add Catcher, But Not Ruling It Out

As we all know, Kevin Plawecki and Travis d’Arnaud headlined yesterday’s news for the Mets.

It was announced that d’Arnaud would undergo Tommy John surgery next week for a torn UCL in his right arm, which would result in him missing the rest of the season. The team decided to transfer him to the 60-day DL to make room for Jose Lobaton on the 40-man roster.

D’Arnaud could not contain his disappointment about missing what could be a very special season.

“It’s really tough, especially with this great group of guys, this championship atmosphere. It was tough, it still is tough, and I just got to take it day-by-day.”

Meanwhile, it was announced that Plawecki has a hairline fracture in his left hand, as a result of being hit by a fastball by Tayron Guerrero in the eighth inning Wednesday night.

However, Plawecki will return this season. More specifically, he is expected to return in three-to-four weeks, as Mike Puma of the New York Post writes.

Plawecki feels lucky that it was a very small fracture, though as he explains here.

The Mets proceeded to place Kevin Plawecki on the 10-day DL, while using his roster spot to add Lobaton. The Mets also recalled Brandon Nimmo and optioned Jacob Rhame.

Placing Plawecki on the DL allowed the Mets to bring Nimmo back to the majors, as MLB rules stipulate that a player cannot be recalled until at least ten days after being sent down unless someone gets placed on the DL.

Nimmo was only optioned on Tuesday, so he would not have been eligible to be called up for another week had the Mets been operating with no injury issues yesterday.

The Mets also brought back former Mets catcher Johnny Monell on a minor-league deal, where he will serve as catching depth and will most likely be assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

At the major-league level, Lobaton and Tomas Nido are likely to split the catching duties until Plawecki returns, with Lobaton likely getting the majority of the playing time.

Lobaton made his Mets debut last night and went 1-4 with a triple and two strikeouts. The triple was a rarity for him as it was only the fourth one in his nine-year MLB career.

As of now, the Mets are not planning a trade or signing another catcher according to Mets GM Sandy Alderson. However, he certainly did not rule it out either.

“We’ll see how things go, but we are going to be certainly aware of what else may be available out there and we’ll monitor that market. At this moment, we don’t have any plans to add anyone, other than at the Triple-A level. But that certainly could change.”

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