What’s Wrong with Travis d’Arnaud?
We already knew Wright was done for the year, and now we know he might need surgery. Will it have any effect on Wright’s 2015 campaign? The year the Mets finally are postseason contenders? Who knows? Probably not, if I had to guess.
More quietly, it was announced that Travis d’Arnaud would also be “observed” by a doctor. Why? That’s not been disclosed. The public explanation is that he’s “banged up.” Another unidentified spokesperson mentioned that d’Arnaud had flu symptoms. And there’s speculation that the Mets don’t want to “tip off” the Astros on d’Arnaud’s injury. What? Does that make any sense at all?
The theory is that if the Astros know d’Arnaud is hurting, they’ll run all day on him. Well, maybe so, but won’t they be able to figure that out on their own? And MLB teams don’t prepare quite like NFL teams — it’s not like Houston will be practicing a custom running game all week to expose d’Arnaud’s issue (whatever it is). It’s pretty simple in baseball — you see the catcher can’t throw you out, so you run. Ask Mike Piazza how that works.
Here’s my conspiracy theory: d’Arnaud may have a serious arm injury — one that will require, say, Tommy John surgery. Or worse. Never mind the Astros finding out and leveraging the information in the last three games of a meaningless season — the Mets wouldn’t want ANYONE in MLB to know d’Arnaud is damaged goods, because then he’s untradeable (and teams would have that info as leverage in trade talks regarding catchers going to the Mets). Further, they don’t want fans to know, either, because that could affect season ticket sales.
Maybe I’m reading too much into this. Maybe d’Arnaud is indeed, simply “banged up” or not feeling well due to a stomach bug. But when you combine his poor throwing in the second half with this new non-information and secrecy … and knowing the Mets’ past history in publicly dealing with bad injury news … well, it makes one wonder.
What do you think? Are the Mets hiding something big regarding d’Arnaud’s health? If there IS really bad news about d’Arnaud — such as something that could keep him out for a bulk of, if not the entire, 2015 season — how might it affect the Mets’ offseason planning? How do you think not having d’Arnaud would affect the Mets’ hopes in 2015?
Post your thoughts in the comments.