Plunking forces d'Arnaud to take break

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Prized catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud had to leave Friday's 3-2 loss to the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium after being hit just below the right elbow with a pitch from Detroit's Luke Putkonen in the fifth inning, but he was not seriously injured. Still, John Buck will be behind the plate Saturday against the Astros at Tradition Field.

"It got enough meat to where I'll be fine," said d'Arnaud, ranked by as the Mets' No. 1 overall prospect. "Just let it heal, relax for today. Fortunately it wasn't a couple inches higher or lower. It didn't feel great. I was going to catch one more inning, I think, but it was starting to tighten up."

Putkonen also nailed outfielder Mike Baxter and second baseman Brian Bixler in his 2 1/3 innings, but there was no suggestion that anything was amiss.

"Maybe a couple got away from him or something. I don't think it was intentional, if that's what you're asking," said d'Arnaud, who is not expected to undergo any tests.

Paul Hagen is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.