Here are injury updates on Travis d’Arnaud and Justin Turner…
Travis d’Arnaud is close to returning to games:
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who suffered a non-displaced fracture of the first metatarsal in his left foot in mid-April, may be very close to getting clearance to appear in games.
The 24 year old, who was injured while behind the plate when a foul ball struck his foot, has been rehabbing for the last several weeks since receiving permission to remove the walking boot he was in after sustaining his injury.
While appearing on WFAN yesterday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson noted that d’Arnaud has a doctor’s appointment this coming Monday, and that he’s likely to be allowed to go “full throttle” after the appointment. Once he’s cleared to go full bore, d’Arnaud should be close to returning to game action. Alderson intimated that he hoped d’Arnaud would be up with the Mets by September.
There are those who have classified d’Arnaud as injury prone, but the last two injuries he’s suffered have been of the freak variety. The first, to his knee, was suffered last year while he was sliding into second base (he didn’t require surgery). As noted above, this year’s injury was a freak occurrence as well – something that simply couldn’t be avoided.
Hopefully, d’Arnaud’s conditioning is tip top, and his arrival in Queens is dependent on him getting enough at bats under his belt to shake off the rust once he returns from his foot injury.
Justin Turner is playing in rehab games:
Infielder Justin Turner, who suffered a strained intercostal in June, is playing in rehab games with AA Binghamton. Said Turner on his recovery:
I haven’t had any set-backs so far. The process, obviously, took a long time. I was down there (in Port St. Lucie) for a month. It went a lot slower than I was hoping. You get that cortisone shot and I was hoping to respond to it pretty quickly. It’s one of those things that it takes time. It’s a real small muscle…I’m still trying to get my timing and see the ball, and, you know, feel right in the batter’s box and get into a good position and stuff. Hopefully here I’ll be able to get consistent at-bats and get back up to New York.
When Turner is activated from the disabled list, the likely victim of his return will be reliever Gonzalez Germen.