The New York Mets designated Travis d’Arnaud for assignment Sunday, one day after the slumping catcher was booed repeatedly by fans at Citi Field.
D’Arnaud missed most of last season because of an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. He had gotten off to a slow start this season, with only two hits in his first 23 at-bats.
The Mets announced the roster move before Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Catcher Tomas Nido was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.
Mets fans booed d’Arnaud before his first-at bat in the second inning and again after he struck out in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 8-6 loss to the Brewers.
A rough night got worse three innings later, when d’Arnaud was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, drawing more boos.
I’ve said this before. It was a huge mistake for the Mets to let Devin Mesaraco go this past off-season. Huge. Mesaraco was great with Jacob deGrom last year, could hit with power and wasn’t a defensive liability behind the plate. Instead they went with the injury-prone d’Arnaud, degrom is now struggling mightily and now d’Arnaud is gone. SMH.