Thumb injury will sideline Braves catcher d’Arnaud

Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud will go on the injured list after leaving Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., with a left thumb injury.

“Jammed his thumb, screwed it up, so he’s going to be put on the IL,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said late Saturday night. “They’ll fly him back to Atlanta in the morning and have our doctors check him out further.”

The injury occurred in the sixth inning when d’Arnaud was applying a tag at the plate. The Toronto baserunner, Randal Grichuk, representing the potential tying run, was out. But d’Arnaud appeared in pain as he left the field.

The Braves appeared to be bracing for bad news regarding the length of d’Arnaud’s absence.

“It’s not good,” Snitker said, “but until our doctors back in Atlanta can check him out we don’t know 100% (the severity).”

“I feel really bad about that,” pitcher Charlie Morton said of d’Arnaud’s injury. “If we have to miss him for any substantial amount of time, it’s not good.”

Alex Jackson replaced d’Arnaud behind the plate for the rest of Saturday’s game. Rookie William Contreras will be activated to replace d’Arnaud on the roster Sunday, Snitker said.

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