Good news for the slumping Mets offense, as Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that catcher Travis d’Arnaud is on track to return from the disabled list next week.
D’Arnaud has been sidelined since he suffered a fractured right pinkie finger when he was hit by a pitch on April 19, but he’s set to play five innings in an extended spring training game tomorrow. Barring any setbacks, he’ll advance to Triple-A Las Vegas within 5-6 days. This gives him a chance to rejoin the Mets during a three-game series against the Padres early next week or during a four-game series against the Diamondbacks later on in the week.
D’Arnaud was off to an excellent start prior to the injury, batting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 11 games. Kevin Plawecki has served as the primary catcher during his absence, but he’s hitting just .200 with two home runs and a .548 OPS over 24 games during his first stint in the majors.