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Mets’ Kevin Plawecki knows he must cash in on his opportunity

Kevin Plawecki #26 of the New York Mets

Kevin Plawecki #26 of the New York Mets follows through on a seventh inning two run base hits a against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in the Queens Borough of New York City. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The update on injured Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud is that there is no update. D’Arnaud is rehabbing a strained right rotator cuff in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and hasn’t starting throwing yet.

D’Arnaud’s plight is a potential opportunity for Kevin Plawecki, who has inherited the everyday job. But Plawecki is batting .176 after going 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch Tuesday night in the Mets’ 3-0 loss to the Braves.

Manager Terry Collins didn’t flinch when asked about Plawecki’s struggles.

“This is a great opportunity for Kevin to show that he can be an everyday catcher,” Collins said. “Certainly, I don’t mean to put a lot of pressure on him, but he’s got to start getting some hits because that’s one of the things we all said he can do. We all thought he was going to be a good offensive player and I know he’s frustrated . . . We need to start getting some hits.”

Said Plawecki: “I feel like I’ve shown what I can do. It’s just a matter of getting a couple of things to fall here and there. I feel like I’m having some good at-bats. It is frustrating. I’m not going to lie about that. I’m not going to press too hard about it. I’m just going to keep working and the hits will fall. They’ve always evened out at the end of the year . . . It’s still early.”

Plawecki also let two wild pitches from Matt Harvey get past him, including one in the dirt that allowed a run to score in the sixth inning. That seemed to bother Plawecki as much or more as his offensive woes.

“I didn’t help him by not blocking the ball and letting another run score,” said Plawecki, who will get a rest today with Rene Rivera starting.

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