The New York Mets have had it rough in recent years and injuries have played a large factor in that. Once again, the injury bug has struck. This time it is Travis d’Arnaud, the Mets young catcher, suffering a setback. While catching for Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, d’Arnaud took a foul ball off his left foot, fracturing a bone. d’Arnaud will be re-examined Friday in New York, but is expected to recover fully.
The real disappointment with this is the delay to d’Arnaud’s inevitable promotion to the big leagues that is now a harsh reality. The Mets were planning to bring the young talent up to The Show sometime in mid-summer. However, many believed that the call-up would come sooner since the Mets are thin at the catcher position and John Buck cannot continue to shoulder this load much longer.
The excitement around d’Arnaud has grown exponentially since the Mets traded for him this offseason. In an organization with many promising young talents at the moment, d’Arnaud stands above all the rest. He represents exactly what Sandy Alderson’s strategy has been since he became the team’s GM. In the next few years, Mets fans are supposed to see all his moves come to fruition and d’Arnaud is leading that charge in many ways. After all, you don’t trade the reigning Cy Young Award winner, as the Mets did with R.A. Dickey, unless you see something special in a player.
Last season, with the Toronto Blue Jays, d’Arnaud was on the verge of the majors before suffering a knee injury. So far, in 12 games for Las Vegas this year he is batting .250 with five doubles and one home run. The feeling was that Mets fans would get to see what he can do at the next level sooner, rather than later.
On the bright side, d’Arnaud is young and will most likely bounce back from this will no complications. He still may require surgery, but no more will be known until the injury is reevaluated in New York. It is an unfortunate occurrence and simply a part of the game when someone plays that position. So a little more patience will be needed in New York until d’Arnaud’s talents arrive at Citi Field. The most painful part of this is really the extended wait Met fans now must endure until they can see their future star put on that Mets uniform.