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Top Jays prospect Travis d’Arnaud out 6-8 weeks

Jun 26, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

Jeff Mathis; Travis d'Arnaud AP

Blue Jays catcher of the future Travis d’Arnaud is going to miss the next 6-8 weeks with a torn PCL in his knee, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports.

D’Arnaud, who was slated to play for the U.S. team in next month’s Futures Game, was injured sliding into second base playing for Triple-A Las Vegas last night.

The 23-year-old d’Arnaud is hitting .333/.380/.595 with 16 homers and 52 RBI in 279 at-bats this season. He gets to play in a great hitter’s park in Vegas, but even in road games, he has a .343/.381/.577 line. Considered a better defender than J.P. Arencibia, he figured to be a September callup this year and a candidate to take over as the Jays’ primary catcher next year. That still might happen, but the possible two-month absence makes it less likely.

As for d’Arnaud’s replacement in the Futures Game, Boston’s Ryan Lavarnway would seem to be the obvious choice, except for the fact that the Red Sox already have two representatives. None of the teams with one one rep have any exceptional (and U.S. born) catching prospects.

  1. xpensivewinos - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    That’s going to be quite a long line of people trying to get Arencibia via trade…..

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      In spring training, Arencibia told d’Arnaud that since both of them were going to be major leagues, not to be shy about asking him anything. They consequently got along fine. Arencibia is a great leader and is well respected in the club house.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    He is still likely to be called up as soon as Las Vegas finishes their season. Yan Gomes will take over as the primary catcher in Vegas. Even though Gomes was born in Brazil, he grew up in the US and is probably a US citizen and thus is a candidate to replace d’Arnaud in the Futures game. Gomes is .344/.574/.962 at Vegas.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    What’s going on with all the injuries in Toronto? Is there something in the maple syrup?

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Nah, must be the beer, he says while ducking.

  4. mrpowers88 - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Las Vegas plays in this PCL, he tore his PCL. Irony much?

  5. mojosmagic - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Phils never should have given this guy up.

    • sean1525 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Yeah – because that bum they got for him is just awful… I’ll take Doc everyday over any prospect – especially a catcher…

    • sneschalmers - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      The Phillies didn’t exactly give up on him. He was one of the cornerstones in the trade with the Blue Jays for Halladay. The Blue Jays all but demanded that he be involved in the trade. They weren’t going to give up Halladay for peanuts.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    bring them all up, the jays are in last place so what do they have to lose except more games! LOL

  7. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Last week Greg Zahn was on Prime Time Sports talking about how he and scouts he talked to in spring training don’t think D’Arnaud is very good defensively, in fact he was saying that it’s crazy the Jays would consider moving a known quantity who’s improved immensly behind the plate and also shown that he can call a big league game and handle the pitching staff to bring up a guy who’s unproven in the majors and at this point considered (again by Zahn and these scouts) below Arencibia defensively, he also pointed out that Arencibia won the PCL MVP award two years ago with better offensive numbers then D’Arnaud has this year.

    Not sure it amounts to anything but it was a good counter point to everyone assuming D’Arnaud will just easily move Arencibia aside. I think what it does show is the Jays have two valuable chips behind the plate, hopefully they can use them to finally make them a contender again.

    • rexryanschoolofpodiatry - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      Dunno what the hell Zahn was talking about…. D’Arnaud has fielding percentages of .993, .996, .993, .991 in his last 4 seasons.

  8. ame123 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    PCL is a nasty tear. There is no good way to go in to repair it, so he better hope it heals ok on its own.

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