The New York Mets announced on Friday that starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud will in fact undergo Tommy John Surgery after being diagnosed with a partial tear of the UCL in his throwing elbow.
The oft-injured New York Mets catcher has chose to undergo the surgery after tearing the UCL in his right elbow, the team announced, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "We're going to have to have guys step up".
Tomas Nido, recalled from Double-A Birmingham on Wednesday, figures to take over as the primary catcher in the interim. "I just couldn't believe it, but what can you do?" Updates with d'Arnaud to have Tommy John surgery, Lobaton added to roster.
Callaway said it is not clear whether d'Arnaud will be back to 100 percent by the start of spring training next February. The Mets, however, said a follow-up MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY on Thursday revealed the fracture.
"Again, I think immediately the answer is no", Alderson said when asked if he feels a need to improve immediately behind the plate.
Then again, the always-quippy GM's retort when asked for his definition of "very short-term" was far more telling before the Mets improved to 11-1 on the season. The Mets also recalled outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Las Vegas and optioned right-hander Jacob Rhame to the 51s.
Callaway wouldn't commit to making Lobaton or Nido the regular starter.
"I think we have a great deal of confidence in his ability to catch and throw", Alderson said. During the Mets' 2015 World Series season, he broke his right hand after being hit by a pitch, missing 46 games.