Mets prospect Travis d'Arnaud has a non-displaced fracture in the first metatarsal of his left foot and is in a walking boot, the club announced Thursday. The highly-touted catcher is heading from Las Vegas to New York to be further examined.
The injury occurred Wednesday night in a Triple-A game.
D'Arnaud, 24, missed the last few months of the season last year in the Blue Jays' farm system with a torn PCL in his knee, limiting him to only 67 games.
In those 67 games, however, d'Arnaud showed what he could do with the bat, hitting .333/.380/.595 with 16 homers, 52 RBI and 21 doubles for Triple-A Las Vegas.
D'Arnaud was traded to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal this past offseason. Coincidentally, Las Vegas is now the Mets' Triple-A affiliate. In 12 games this year, d'Arnaud is hitting .250/.429/.472 with a homer and eight RBI.
The immediate impact on the Mets is rather minimal. John Buck is hitting .326/.327/.739 with six homers and 19 RBI through just 13 games for the big-league club.
The impact on the future of the franchise is what matters, though. If d'Arnaud is out for a significant amount of time, his development could be stunted. That's an ancillary concern for me, though. He's pretty much right on the cusp of being big league-ready. The worry for me would be d'Arnaud's ability to stay healthy as an everyday catcher. This is two consecutive seasons that he has suffered an injury to the leg or foot. Those are, as we all know, pretty damn important for catchers.
For now, though, we need to see how serious this injury is. It could be a minor blip on the radar.