While behind the plate in the second inning of last night’s game, Travis d’Arnaud took a foul ball from Hunter Pence square off his right shoulder. D’arnaud remained in the game for a bit, but was removed prior to the top of the fourth inning.
According to manager Terry Collins, d’Arnaud’s shoulder stiffened up as the game went on, negatively impacting his ability to throw. While d’Arnaud was forced to leave the game due to the issue, he downplayed the severity of the injury while speaking to reporters after the game:
I’ll be all right. It smoked me in the shoulder, and then as the game progressed, it started tightening up a lot and was messing with my throwing and everything.
Removing d’Arnaud from the game was both prudent and necessary. The Mets classified the injury as a “sore right shoulder.”
Since d’Arnaud left last night’s game, it’s been written in numerous spaces that this is another example of d’Arnaud being “injury prone.” That couldn’t be further from the truth.
An example of someone who’s injury prone is Jose Reyes, who has dealt with a multitude of lower body injuries that he suffered while running the bases.
An example of someone who has dealt with freak injuries is Travis d’Arnaud. He sustained a knee injury last year while sliding into second base (the injury didn’t require surgery). His two injuries this year were both freakish in nature and unavoidable. The first, that kept him out for over three months, was a broken foot he suffered when a foul ball struck him while he was behind the plate. The second, was the foul ball that struck him in the shoulder last night.
It’s important to some to carve out negative narratives when it comes to discussing the Mets. Those people should focus on facts instead.