Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud is on his way to the injured list after suffering a left thumb injury in tonight’s match with the Blue Jays, manager Brian Snitker told David O’Brien from The Athletic and other journalists. More will be known about d’Arnaud’s injury after undergoing tests, although Snitker honestly described the situation as “not good. “D’Arnaud will not be with the team on the road as he is on his way back to Atlanta to visit team doctors on Sunday.
D’Arnaud suffered the injury of a game at the plate in the sixth inning. The catcher tagged out Randal Grichuk on Grichuk’s attempt to score from first to a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. twice, but d̵
William Contreras will be called up before tomorrow’s match to take d’Arnaud’s place on the active list. Contreras made his MLB debut with four games for Atlanta last season, and it’s perhaps not surprising that the Braves go with the inexperienced Contreras over 14-year veteran Jeff Mathis, who signed a minor league deal just before opening day.
Atlanta, however, has a full 40-man list and will, however, have to open a venue to officially select Mathis’ contract. Contreras is also a remarkable prospect (ranked by the MLB Pipeline as the Braves’ sixth best minor leager), and it may be that the team wants to give Contreras some spice before a potentially bigger role in 2022 and beyond.
D’Arnaud started slowly this season, hitting .220 / .253 / .341 through his first 87 PA. Although d’Arnaud has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, he was able to remain most healthy in 2019-20 and was highly productive, including a .321 / .386 / .533 performance over 184 PA in 2020, who won him a Silver Slugger Award. It was a strong early return on the two-year $ 16MM free trade deal that Braves made with d’Arnaud in the low season 2019-2020.