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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: TORN UCL COULD SPELL END OF TRAVIS D'ARNAUD'S METS TENURE, KEVIN PLAWECKI BECOMES PERSON OF INTEREST

                                                               

Some things never change.  As sure as the sun coming up in the morning, New York Mets catcher Travis D'Arnaud will get injured.  Each and every season of his so-far disappointing career has included at least one major injury/surgery and 2018 certainly will be no different as it was revealed on Wednesday that D'Arnaud will likely be done for the year after he was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow.  A Tommy John surgery will need to be performed to remedy the tear and so just like that, D'Arnaud's career with the Mets is likely finished as the team won't likely subject themselves of their fans to another injury-filled campaign.  Even before the injury, it appeared D'Arnaud was being phased out as bit since backup Kevin Plawecki made the start in 6 of the 10 previous games but now that whole setup is a moot point.  While D'Arnaud was already droppable before the injury given the dip in playing time, Plawecki now becomes an even bigger person of interest for fantasy baseball purposes given the fact he has looked good with the bat going all the way back to the start of spring training.  Having overhauled his swing over the winter due to some very ugly numbers in partial seasons with the Mets in 2016 and 2017, Plawecki hit very well throughout the exhibition campaign.  While he is hitting just .158 as of this writing, Plawecki will now get the consistent playing time he needed to unleash his potential as a former first-round pick. While in single leagues you can ignore him for now, those who take part in two-catcher formats should queue Plawecki up to see where this goes. 

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