Travis d'Arnaud has been a big contributor for the Mets in their hot start to the season -- and to fantasy owners who took a chance on him. Now, both are scrambling to replace his offense.
D'Arnaud landed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with "a metacarpal frature of the little finger of his right hand" after getting hit by a pitch in Sunday's win over the Marlins. Highly touted prospect Kevin Plawecki could be able to fill the void in reality and fantasy alike.
Plawecki is hitting just .216 with six RBIs and a run in nine games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season. But last season, the 63rd-ranked prospect by Baseball America hit .283 with five home runs, 21 RBIs and 25 runs in 43 games with the 51s.
Before hitting the DL, d'Arnaud had been one of the Mets' best hitters. Through 11 games, he's hitting .317 with two home runs, 10 RBIs and five runs.
Mets manager Terry Collins has said Plawecki will take over the starting role, and Anthony Recker will remain the backup, meaning the 24-year-old will get his fair share of at-bats over the next month or so with d'Arnaud in a splint for three weeks.
Plawecki may take some time to adjust to major-league pitching, but he'll have his first opportunity Tuesday against righthander Trevor Cahill, who's off to a rough start. Cahill lasted just 2.1 innings in his lone start this season after allowing four earned runs on five hits and four walks against the Marlins.
As of 5:50 p.m. Monday, Plawecki was owned in just 6 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 0.8 percent of ESPN leagues. He's not a must-add by any stretch, but in two-catcher or NL-only leagues he could be a nice piece to grab.