The Mets lost their first Spring Training game to the Washington Nationals in Port St. Lucie on Saturday by a score of 8-6, but the story was an injury to catcher Kevin Plawecki.
During the game’s sixth inning, Washington’s Rafael Bautista attempted to dive head first to the plate and collided with Plawecki. Bautista’s left shoulder struck the Mets backstop in the left knee, which in the replay you could see bent back awkwardly.
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Plawecki would lay on the ground for a few minutes before he was able to leave the field on his own power. Thankfully, it seems like the injury looked worse than it actually was.
Terry Collins notified the media after the game that Plawecki’s injury wasn’t too, too bad. The catcher received x-rays at a nearby hospital and the results were good.
“I was just notified he’s got a left knee contusion. Fortunately, no damage because it looked worse than it turned out,” Collins said.
Plawecki’s status for the coming days and weeks is still obviously unknown, but for a guy that’s fighting to earn a spot on the team’s bench, this injury couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The Mets will likely be starting the year with Travis d’Arnaud behind the dish, and Rene Rivera ready as the primary backup. For most of Spring Training, however, Rivera will be with the Puerto Rico national team playing the World Baseball Classic, so Plawecki has been set to get some playing time while he’s away.
This injury has obviously made many Mets fans angry. It’s not even March and we’re already dealing with an injured player? That’s not even including Lucas Duda and his own back ailments to the mix. Hopefully this is not a pattern and simply an unlucky circumstance for a player on the roster.
The Amazin’s will be back out on the field on Sunday as they play the Detroit Tigers in Port St. Lucie at 1:10pm.