UPDATE, 8:09 PM:
Per the Mets, Travis d’Arnaud was seen by team doctors today in New York. d’Arnaud has been cleared to begin his rehab/weight bearing activity, but will remain in his walking boot for the next week.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, arguably the top catching prospect in baseball, has been cleared to resume baseball activities. d’Arnaud, 24, suffered a non-displaced fracture of the first metatarsal in his left foot on April 17th when a foul ball struck him while he was behind the plate. Here’s the tweet from Brender:
Breaking: Travis d’Arnaud has officially had the walking boot removed and is already in Florida, set to begin rehab tomorrow.
— Robert Brender (@robertbrender) June 3, 2013
d’Arnaud had been scheduled to see team doctors in New York today to receive clearance to shed the boot and begin rehab. It should be noted that Mike Puma of the New York Post had a slightly different story. He stated that d’Arnaud is still technically wearing the boot, but is in Florida to begin rehab. Perhaps d’Arnaud will rehab with the boot off and then put it back on after his workouts for the time being. Or maybe he’ll wear two boots, or rehab while standing on his hands. Either way, he’s beginning his rehab.
Since suffering the injury six weeks ago, d’Arnaud has been in the walking boot but has been able to do some upper body strengthening to stay in shape. Now that he’s been cleared for weight bearing activity, he’ll begin rehab tomorrow in Florida under the watchful eye of Mets personnel.
The Blue Jays had deemed d’Arnaud ready last year and were prepared to call him up mid-season. However, d’Arnaud suffered a knee injury (that didn’t require surgery) that ended his season prematurely before the Jays had a chance to promote him to the majors. This spring, d’Arnaud impressed Mets brass and his teammates with both his talent, acumen behind the plate, and work ethic. Prior to the season, general manager Sandy Alderson stated on WFAN that d’Arnaud would be called up immediately if John Buck were to suffer an injury.
Taking the above into account, it’s safe to assume that once d’Arnaud returns to games and shakes off the rust, he’ll be on the fast track to the big leagues. Most are estimating that it will be about a month before d’Arnaud plays in games, but every rehab is different. For now, the Mets and their fans should be glad that d’Arnaud has entered the recovery phase and is that much closer to making an impact at the major league level.