Mets lose Jerry Blevins, Travis d’Arnaud in same inning

The New York Mets lost lights-out lefty reliever Jerry Blevins and catcher Travis d’Arnaud, each for a significant amount of time all in one inning.

What should have been a celebratory day after the Mets won their major league leading eighth straight win was sullied by the loss of two of their better players.

Jerry Blevins. Elsa/Getty Images.
Jerry Blevins. Elsa/Getty Images.

The Mets acquired Blevins for bullpen help back on March 30 from the Washington Nationals. The Mets already had lost lefty Josh Edgin to Tommy John surgery. Blevins came in to fill that role. They’ve also lost closer Jenrry Mejia first to injury and then to an 80 game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

Blevins has been solid for the Mets in 2015 having pitched five scoreless innings in seven appearances out of the bullpen since coming to New York. In the top of the seventh inning Blevins was hit in the forearm by a line drive off the bat of the Miami Marlins’ Dee Gordon.

The diagnosis? A broken forearm. Until Blevins undergoes further examination Monday, it’s unknown how long he’ll be out. However to put things into perspective, the San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence suffered a similar injury during spring training and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

In the bottom half of the frame, d’Arnaud was hit on the hand by a fastball from Marlins’reliever A.J. Ramos. d’Arnaud was able to walk to first base but was taken out of the game after being examined by a trainer. His hand is broken and he should be out for quite a while as well. He’ll see a specialist on Monday as well to determine how long the injury will keep him from playing.

That’s three pretty major injuries for the Mets this week who also lost David Wright to the 15-day disabled list to a hamstring injury earlier in the week. d’Arnaud who is just in his second big league season had been filling in in the lineup for the injured Wright, batting in the number two spot. He was also leading the team in RBI.

Kevin Plawecki. Getty Images.
Kevin Plawecki. Getty Images.

GM Sandy Alderson announced Sunday after the game that the Mets’ are planning on calling up top prospect 24-year-old Kevin Plawecki to replace d’Arnaud. To make room on the roster Zach Wheeler was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Wheeler, a starting pitcher, recently underwent Tommy John surgery and will not be returning until next season.

When asked how Plawecki would do or if he was ready for the big leagues, manager Terry Collins answered,

“If he’s coming, he’s going to play. Can he handle it here? We will most likely find out.”

Plawecki hit .309 with 11 home runs in 101 combined games between Double-A and Triple-A in 2014. He has gotten off to a slower start in 2015 batting just .229 at Triple-A Las Vegas. Hopefully for the Mets a move to the majors will help and not hinder Plawecki.

They are lucky to have him. Having already had to add Blevins and fellow southpaw Alex Torres to the pitching staff, bullpen help may be harder to find than simply promoting someone who was already “close” to being major league ready.

So far the Mets have powered through their many injuries to a 10-3 record and first place in the National League East. Hopefully, they can weather these injuries as well.

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