The New York Mets announced on Wednesday that catcher Travis d’Arnaud was placed on the 10-day disabled list.
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 11, 2018
The Mets called up catcher Tomas Nido from the Binghamton Rumble Ponies to fill in for d’Arnaud. Nido will wear number 3 and will be active for tonight’s contest against Miami.
The team announced, as reported by Danny Abriano of SNY, that the injury to d’Arnaud is a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow. Treatment, which could include surgery, will be determined within the coming days.
UCLs that require surgery are often referred to as “Tommy John” injuries, named after the famous baseball pitcher who underwent the first surgery for a UCL injury in 1974.
Regarding Travis d'Arnaud and potential Tommy John surgery for his partially torn UCL… while pitchers usually need between 12 and 18 months to recover from TJS, position players can return in as little as six months.
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) April 11, 2018
The injury is a result of stress on the elbow. Pitchers are prone to have this kind of injury and their time off the field is normally between 12 and 18 months. Position players, such as d’Arnaud, can normally get back on the field in about six months. If d’Arnaud indeed needs Tommy John surgery, that would put him out of action until October, meaning he would be lost for the remainder of the season.
Travis d’Arnaud, in his sixth season with the Mets, appeared in four games this season, with three hits and a batting average of .200.
Nido has appeared in five games in Double-A, with a .278 batting average. He has five hits, which include two doubles along with five runs batted in. Last season he appeared in five games for the New York Mets in which he had three hits in ten at-bats, for a .300 average. This included one double, three runs batted in and two strikeouts.