Travis d'Arnaud

Mets’ catcher d’Arnaud headed back to DL, pitcher Gee clears waivers


Travis d’Arnaud goes back on the DL

New York Mets’ catcher Travis d’Arnaud has already spent  seven weeks on the disabled list this season. He was hit by a pitch in mid-April, against the Miami Marlins. The ball broke his pinkie and bruised his wrist. 

He was only recently reinstated on June 10, and it was announced Tuesday that d’Arnaud was heading back to the disabled list with a left elbow strain.

He’s been placed on the 15-day DL but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be back that quickly. The injury plagued ball club’s manager Terry Collins didn’t sound too optimistic Tuesday saying,

“One thing we don’t have very often is guys after 15 days coming off the DL. We’re hoping this is something where [d’Arnaud] is back in 15 days. We don’t know how he’s going to handle it, it’s new to me, so we just have to wait and see, but in the meantime we have to go out and win some games.”

The Mets are currently on a five-game skid and another loss will put them at .500 for the first time this season. The team is currently 36-35 on the year.

They’re also playing without key players David Wright, David Murphy and Jerry Blevins. Reliever Jenrry Mejia is also out on an 80-game suspension for testing positive test for the steroid Stanozolol and isn’t due to be reinstated until July7.

The loss of d’Arnaud is just another blow for the Mets. In 71 at-bats this season d’Arnaud is hitting .296 with four home runs and 17 RBI. 

 

Dillon Gee joins Las Vegas 51’s

Travis  d'Arnaud, Dillon  Gee

Dillon Gee. Denis Poroy/Getty Images.

Dillon Gee, one of the New York Mets’ longest tenured players, was placed on waivers by the club last week. They were hoping to be able to trade him.

He was not claimed off of waivers which prompted the Mets’ to ask for outright waivers. Gee cleared those waivers on Tuesday and was left with two choices.

He could be outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas or reject the assignment and become a free agent.

He took the assignment which may come as a surprise, that a veteran pitcher such as Gee would accept being sent down to the minors.

However, if he had decided to become a free agent he would have had to forfeit the $3.1 million that he is owed by the team this season.

Gee is no longer on the 40-man roster and if he remains in the minors until the end of the season he will be granted free agency in November. He’ll then have the opportunity to sign with any team he wants, most likely one that needs starting pitching or long relief help.

Gee will continue to start every fifth day for the Las Vegas 51’s to provide the big league club with starting pitching depth. Unfortunately for Gee, it is not likely he will be the Mets’ first choice if they fine themselves in need of a starter or a spot starter to give rest to guys like Matt Harvey, who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, and Jacob deGrom who is just in his sophomore season.

The Mets top pitching prospect Steven Matz is actually the one who would be next in line to be called up to the Majors while Gee has been bounced around all year.

He showed up at Spring Training as a member of the bullpen and was made a starter when the Mets experimented with a six-man rotation. When that experiment wasn’t working, it was back to the bullpen for Gee, who now finds himself back in the minors.

Gee earned the honor of being the Opening Day starter for the Mets in 2014. The 29-year-old is 40-37 in his six-year career with a 4.03 ERA.

It is very likely that if Gee becomes a free agent in November that he will get picked up by a team who needs an effective  back of the rotation starter.