Travis d'Arnaud: Set for Tommy John surgery

Travis d'Arnaud: Set for Tommy John surgery

Travis d'Arnaud: Set for Tommy John surgery

But they clearly have to be prepared to jump at any opportunity to address the unforeseen gaping hole created within the span of a couple of days with always-injured Travis d'Arnaud officially headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery and Kevin Plawecki joining him on the DL with - you don't say - a non-displaced fracture in his left hand after initial x-rays had come back negative earlier in the week.

A lengthy absence was expected for d'Arnaud, who was diagnosed with a partial tear of his right UCL on Wednesday. He has been placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Tomas Nido is now the only backstop on the Mets' 25-man roster with d'Arnaud and Plawecki sidelined.

D'Arnaud went on the disabled list Wednesday for the fifth consecutive year and was transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday.

Because of the location of the tear, d'Arnaud said it was unlikely to heal without surgery. "I couldn't believe", he said.

Plawecki suffered the injury Wednesday after getting hit by a Tayron Guerrero pitch in the eighth inning of a game against the Marlins. A postgame X-ray was negative, but an MRI in NY on Thursday showed a hairline fracture.

His return date will be determined by the return of grip strength and pain tolerance.

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Then again, the always-quippy GM's retort when asked for his definition of "very short-term" was far more telling before the Mets improved to 11-1 on the season.

"Again, I think immediately the answer is no", Alderson said when asked if he feels a need to improve immediately behind the plate.

NY said before Friday's game against Milwaukee that Plawecki was being put on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Thursday.

Veteran catcher Jose Lobaton had his contract selected from the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s by the Mets and he's in the starting lineup tonight. He was with the Mets during spring training and had been waiting for an opportunity.

Callaway wouldn't commit to making Lobaton or Nido the regular starter.

NOTES: LHP Jason Vargas (broken bone in right hand) pitched a simulated game Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and probably will have another simulated outing before a likely minor league rehabilitation start.

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