Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud cleared for rehab assignment


There’s help on the way for the Mets’ lineup even if they don’t make a trade, as Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star Ledger reports that catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

d’Arnaud has been out since mid-June with an elbow injury and previously missed two months with a fractured finger, but Vorkunov writes that “he could be back by next weekend.”

He’s hit .250 with 17 homers and a .742 OPS in 127 games since the beginning of last season–very good numbers for a catcher–and has even better numbers dating back to last year’s All-Star break.

Kevin Plawecki has filled in as the Mets’ primary catcher, hitting just .239 with two homers and a .599 OPS in 54 games as a rookie.