D'Arnaud will split playing time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers for Atlanta and is expected to receive a majority of the starts. After signing a two-year deal with Atlanta in the offseason, d'Arnaud immediately moved to the top of the depth chart. The 31-year-old's extensive injury history -- he's seen more than 400 plate appearances in a season only once in his career -- does give the club plenty of incentive to make sure he's well rested, however, and the split with Flowers could end up being closer to 50-50. D'Arnaud had gone just 3-for-16 (.188) this spring before the Grapefruit League schedule was suspended, but one of the hits left the yard and his 3:4 BB:K was sharp.
D'Arnaud signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Braves on Sunday. The 29-year-old had a tumultuous start to 2019 and went 2-for-23 in 10 games before being released by the Mets in May, but he eventually ended up with the Rays and put together a quality season. D'Arnaud should serve as Atlanta's primary catcher in 2020, but Tyler Flowers remains a solid No. 2 option behind the plate and should still see semi-regular starts. D'Arnaud had a .263/.323/.459 slash line with 16 home runs and 67 RBI in 92 games with the Rays last season.
D'Arnaud is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Toronto, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. D'Arnaud will sit for the second straight contest but was coming off eight starts in the previous nine games, so he's likely just receiving a bit of extra rest heading into Wednesday's Wild Card Game. Mike Zunino is starting behind the plate Sunday.
D'Arnaud is not in the lineup Sunday against the Angels. D'Arnaud has kept up his strong performance at the plate down the stretch, hitting .300/.353/.500 over his last 17 games. Mike Zunino starts behind the plate Sunday.
D'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a three-run double in a win over the Angels on Saturday. D'Arnaud was the sole supplier of runs for the Rays courtesy of his clutch sixth-inning hit, which came with the bases loaded. The versatile veteran is hitting a rather ordinary .250 (8-for-32) in September, but he's managed to drive in 11 runs on that modest tally by virtue of some extremely timely hitting. Factoring in the three runs d'Arnaud plated Saturday, his career-high RBI total now stands at 65.