Travis d’Arnaud and Dilson Herrera begin minor league rehab assignments

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The Mets have some much-needed reinforcements on the way, as catcher Travis d’Arnaud and second baseman Dilson Herrera were able to begin minor league rehab assignments tonight with High-A St. Lucie.

According to Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record, D’Arnaud went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk while Herrera finished 1-for-3 with a double. Both played five innings in the field.

D’Arnaud has been out since April 19 with a fracture of his right pinkie finger and recently had his rehab assignment pushed back due to a bone bruise in his right wrist. The 26-year-old was batting .317 (13-for-41) with two home runs and an .892 OPS over 11 games prior to the injury and should provide a nice upgrade over rookie Kevin Plawecki, who has struggled in his first stint in the majors.

Herrera, who suffered a fractured right middle finger during infield drills on May 15, was batting just .235 (8-for-34) with one home run and a .650 OPS prior to the injury. Still, the 21-year-old offers a lot of upside on offense and will likely take over starting second base duties once he’s back to full health. The Mets juggled their infield for tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, sliding Daniel Murphy over to third base and Ruben Tejada to second base.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.