In an article from Mike Puma of the New York Post, New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke about the expected game-readiness of catcher Kevin Plawecki when he returns from the broken hand he suffered in April.
“The thing we are going to have to keep in mind with Plawecki is he won’t be built up when he comes back,” he said. “He’ll be built up enough to probably catch once every two or three days at most, to start.”
Plawecki, 27, began his minor league rehab stint on Wednesday night, homering in the fifth inning for the Las Vegas 51’s. In 11 plate appearances with Vegas, he’s got three hits, a walk, and two strikeouts.
Before suffering the hairline fracture in his left hand on April 12 (hit by a 98 MPH fastball on the same day the team announced that Travis d’Arnaud would be undergoing UCL reconstruction surgery), Plawecki was hitting just .150 with a .593 OPS.
Having Devin Mesoraco in the fold has eased the pain of not having a true major-league backstop catching one of the more talented rotations in all of baseball.
Since Mesoraco came to the Mets in the Matt Harvey trade on May 8, the Mets pitching staff has pitched to a combined 3.10 earned-run average.
The 29-year-old Punxatawney, Pennsylvania native has been hot-and-cold at the plate since joining the Mets (.184/.295/.474, three home runs, six RBI, five walks, six strikeouts), but offers a much higher level of competency than the other options the team was trudging out there for a few weeks.
The Mets catchers are second to last in all of baseball in wOBA (.257; Red Sox last with .229) and No. 23 in MLB with their 63 wRC+ (Pirates lead with 151, Red Sox last with 35).
Hopefully, the addition of Plawecki, even if he’s not 100 percent healthy, will give the New York Mets a much needed offensive boost to their catching position.