After this afternoon’s win against the Twins in Minnesota, the Mets informed reporters that Anthony Recker had been optioned to AAA to clear a roster spot for John Buck‘s return tomorrow from paternity leave.
Buck left the team three days ago to be with his wife during the birth of their third child, and called up heralded catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud to replace him. It had initially been expected that the Mets would send d’Arnaud back to AAA Las Vegas when Buck returned, but they reversed course over the last few days.
Frankly, sending d’Arnaud down for 11 days just to call him back up on September 1st when rosters expand didn’t make any sense. d’Arnaud is viewed as the catcher of the future, and delaying or preventing his development at the major league level would’ve been a poor choice by the Mets.
It’s likely that d’Arnaud will get the bulk of the playing time for the remainder of the season with Buck backing him up. While it’s unfortunate that Anthony Recker was sent down in order for d’Arnaud to stay, it’s expected that Recker will be recalled once rosters expand.