Mets Catcher Travis D'Arnaud Opts For Tommy John Surgery

Mets Catcher Travis D'Arnaud Opts For Tommy John Surgery

"I was just shocked when I heard the news", d'Arnaud said Thursday, via the Mets' official website.

Kevin Plawecki of the New York Mets has a broken left hand and is following fellow catcher Travis d'Arnaud to the disabled list.

The Mets are expected to call up veteran Jose Lobaton from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Plawecki. "We'll see how things go", NY general manager Sandy Alderson said.

"I think we're comfortable for the very short term. But that certainly could change".

Miguel Montero was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Wednesday, and Geovany Soto remains a free agent. He hit a career-high 16 homers and slugged a career-best.443 in 112 games.

Alderson described the 24-year-old Nido as "an exceptional defensive catcher", while Lobaton - who tripled in his first Mets at-bat - has been around the block a few times as a serviceable backup over eight seasons with San Diego, Tampa and Washington, even if neither player provides the offensive punch potentially of d'Arnaud or Plawecki.

D'Arnaud (elbow) will miss the entirety of the 2017 season after deciding to undergo Tommy John surgery Friday, Anthony DiComo of reports. "I just couldn't believe it, but what can you do?"

In four games this season, d'Arnaud hit.200 with one home run and three RBIs.

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

Meanwhile, Mets left-hander 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.