The New York Mets held their breath Wednesday night as catcher Kevin Plawecki was nailed on the left hand in the eighth inning of their 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
Plawecki remained in the game, but when his time came for his next at-bat, he was replaced by catcher Tomás Nido as a pinch hitter. The Mets (10-1) rallied for four runs in the eighth inning and Nido came in to catch in the bottom of the eighth.
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported that X-rays taken of Plawecki’s left hand came back negative, much to the relief of the Mets.
X-rays were negative on Kevin Plawecki's left hand. Nothing broken. Just a bruise. Mets dodge a big one.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 12, 2018
“Anytime you get hit in the hand like that, you get a little scared” Plawecki told Mike Puma of the New York Post. He went on to say, “but I could move it right away and make a fist and it eased my mind.”
The Mets were concerned with their catcher situation as news broke on Wednesday that catcher Travis d’Arnaud may need Tommy John surgery and could be lost for the year. The Mets were facing a huge dilemma had Plawecki been seriously injured.
The team is off to its best start in their history and certainly were concerned that they would be down their two top catchers after 11 games played in this young season. The Mets won their eighth game in a row and sixth in a row on the road.
The Mets are off Thursday, so they have a day to see how Plawecki is feeling. The team has not made any announcements regarding who might get called up to fill in for the injured Plawecki.
The Mets will host the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field this weekend.