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Travis d'Arnaud feels much better, may be cleared to return soon

UPDATE, 5/21:

Travis d’Arnaud, still on the seven-day concussion disabled list, felt much better on Wednesday and passed a battery of concussion tests.

D’Arnaud, who landed on the disabled list on May 14, has to first be cleared by major league baseball to return due to the fact that he suffered a concussion.

D’Arnaud is scheduled to see doctors on Thursday, and may soon be cleared to return.

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Travis d’Arnaud, who was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on May 14, is still experiencing symptoms when he exercises.

D’Arnaud was eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday, but will not be activated.

According to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, there is no timetable for his return.

D’Arnaud was injured late in the game on May 13, when he was struck on the back of the head by an Alfonso Soriano backswing while catching.

He remained in the game, but began experiencing concussion-like symptoms the next day.

While d’Arnaud remains injured, Juan Centeno will continue to serve as the second catcher.

Thoughts:

There’s nothing that d’Arnaud could’ve done to avoid the injury. This is simply a fluky thing that he’ll have to fight through.

Hopefully, the news that d’Arnaud is exercising (and not totally inactive) is a sign that he’s on the right track.

What makes this so unfortunate is the timing.

Last season, d’Arnaud lost the majority of the season to injury when he broke his toe after a ball was fouled off his foot while catching.

Dealing with another impossible-to-prevent injury while catching is not what he needed during his first full season in the majors.

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