Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud lands on DL with shoulder injury

The Mets have placed starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud on the 15-day DL with a right rotator cuff strain, the team announced Tuesday. Veteran backstop Rene Rivera is coming up from Triple-A to fill the roster spot.

Unfortunately for d'Arnaud, trips to the disabled list are nothing new. He's battled injury problems throughout his career. Here's a quick recap of his injury history:

2016: Right rotator cuff strain
2015: Fractured right hand, hyperextended left elbow
2014: Concussion
2013: Foot fracture
2012: Partial ligament tear in left knee
2011: Missed 13 games in minors with an undisclosed injury
2010: Herniated disc

D'Arnaud, 27, is a career .242/.311/.408 (103 OPS+) hitter with 26 home runs in 219 big league games, so the Mets are losing a key piece of their offense. He hit .268/.340/.485 (129 OPS+) with 12 homers in 67 games around the hand and elbow injuries last year.

Catcher is a brutal position, and many of d'Arnaud's injuries have been the result of foul tips and whatnot. That's why there has been some chatter about the Mets moving d'Arnaud to another position, possibly the outfield. They want to keep him healthy and in the lineup.

For now d'Arnaud remains behind the plate, where he is most valuable. Kevin Plawecki will take over the everyday catching duties in his absence.

Travis d'Arnaud is heading back to the DL with a shoulder injury.
Travis d'Arnaud is heading back to the DL with a shoulder injury. (USATSI)

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