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.