MIAMI — Kevin Plawecki’s left hand was red and swollen — but not broken — giving the Mets an added level of comfort on Wednesday night after they completed their three-game sweep of the Marlins.
On the same day Travis d’Aranud was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that could require Tommy John surgery, losing another catcher for an extended period would have been a gut punch.
Plawecki was drilled in the hand by a pitch from Tayron Guerrero to start the Mets’ comeback in the eighth. Plawecki remained in the game, but was replaced by Tomas Nido as a pinch hitter when his turn came around again later in the inning. Nido went behind the plate in the bottom of the eighth.
X-rays on Plawecki’s hand were negative, according to manager Mickey Callaway.
“Any time you get hit in the hand like that, you get a little scared,” Plawecki said after the Mets’ 4-1 victory at Marlins Park. “But I could move it right away and make a fist and it eased my mind a little bit.”
The manager keeps asking the question, but the response hasn’t changed. As Yoenis Cespedes battles flu-like symptoms that have bothered him since Saturday, Callaway has asked his star player if he would like to use a sick day or two.
“I talked to him [Tuesday] night, and again he looked at me like I had two heads, so he is playing,” Callaway said before Cespedes went hitless in three at-bats to finish a 3-for-27 (.111) road trip.
The latest conversation with Cespedes came after he had delivered a two-run double that gave the Mets the go-ahead runs in their 8-6 victory Tuesday. Cespedes insisted he wants to continue playing to break his slump.
Callaway said he won’t push the issue of resting unless he notices Cespedes affected mentally.
“For me the right thing is to have Cespedes in the lineup and out there every day, even if he is not going that great,” Callaway said. “He is going to come through at some point because he is that talented.
“The thing that would be concerning as a manager would be if his plate appearance or condition starts to affect him mentally. Then that is the time to get him out. As long as he is locked in and wants to play, Cespedes is going to play.”
Callaway is the fourth manager since 1900 to begin his tenure 9-1 or better after 10 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The others are Joe Morgan (10-0 with the Red Sox in 1988); Pat Moran (9-1 with the Phillies in 1915) and Alex Cora (9-1 with the Red Sox in 2018).