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Mets catcher Travis D'Arnaud to DL with rotator cuff strain

Travis d'Arnaud was limited to 67 games last season and is now going to the disabled list. Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets placed catcher Travis d'Arnaud on the disabled list Tuesday with a right rotator cuff strain. The move comes a day after d'Arnaud departed a game against the Cincinnati Reds with shoulder discomfort.

Major league veteran Rene Rivera has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas. Kevin Plawecki will serve as the primary catcher during d'Arnaud's absence.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Rivera, the Mets transferred right-hander Zack Wheeler, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, to the 60-day disabled list.

D'Arnaud felt irritation while trying to throw out one of the Cincinnati Reds' five base stealers in the Mets' eventual 5-3 win Monday. He then grimaced during a sixth-inning at-bat and departed two innings later.

D'Arnaud had an initial consultation with a team doctor at Citi Field on Monday night, then was fully evaluated on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

""We'll wait and see how the rest goes, how he comes out of that," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Said d'Arnaud: "I know it's a strain. I don't really know a timeline, but I should be back pretty soon. I think it'll heal very quickly."

D'Arnaud said the issue first arose Monday, although he did not specify during which steal attempt. Collins said he had not previously heard about a shoulder issue with the catcher.

D'Arnaud has been dogged by injuries throughout his Mets tenure. He was limited to 67 games last season because of a fractured pinkie and a left elbow strain.

Rivera, 32, signed with the Mets on April 5 after being released by the Tampa Bay Rays. In parts of seven seasons in the majors, he has hit .211 with 20 homers and 92 RBIs in 913 at-bats.

With Las Vegas, Rivera was hitting .280 (7-for-25) with one double and five RBIs.

The Mets signed Rivera because they had been dissatisfied with Johnny Monell, who also is playing with the Triple-A club.