Mets C has broken hand, leaving team thin behind plate

Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki has his hand looked

Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki has his hand looked

D'Arnaud established career bests of 16 homers and 57 RBIs last season when he batted.244.

With Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) scheduled for Tommy John surgery, and Kevin Plawecki (hand) set to miss 3-4 weeks, the Mets will turn to Jose Lobaton to start Friday's game.

The oft-injured New York Mets catcher has made a decision to undergo the surgery after tearing the UCL in his right elbow, the team announced, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Kevin Plawecki should return in roughly a month, but if his injury lingers then the Mets need to be proactive. But at this moment, we don't have any plans to add anyone other than at the Triple-A level.

Miguel Montero was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Wednesday, and Geovany Soto remains a free agent.

"I think that as we've noted in baseball over the offseason and early in the season, there are some teams that probably aren't trying that hard, so I'm not sure the calendar is even relevant in those cases", Alderson said.

Tomas Nido, recalled from Double-A Birmingham on Wednesday, figures to take over as the primary catcher in the interim. D'Arnaud was diagnosed earlier this week with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

A veteran of five-plus seasons, d'Arnaud missed significant time to injury in both 2015 and 2016. The Mets, however, said a follow-up MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY on Thursday revealed the fracture.

"I'd like to think the opportunity isn't going away", Plawecki said.

The Mets announced on Friday morning that Plawecki has a hairline fracture in his left hand and will be placed on the 10-day DL.

The Mets also recalled outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Las Vegas on Friday and optioned reliever Jacob Rhame to Triple A.

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