Catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been allowed to start baseball activities this afternoon after suffering an injury on May 13 when Yankee outfielder Alfonso Soriano’s back swing hit the top part of d’Arnaud’s catcher’s mask.
While he did not initially feel any symptoms, d’Arnaud said it finally hit him when he was on the way home from the Mets win over their crosstown rivals. After the incident, he was placed on Major League Baseball’s 7-day concussion disabled list.
This was the third time in his career that the catcher has been concussed, with other two times coming in 2011 and 2008. Two of those incidents occurred with him wearing the hockey-style helmet behind the plate, so d’Arnaud said he will be trying out a traditional catcher’s mask when he returns to the every day lineup.
Wednesday, he passed the Mets’ impact concussion test, and is scheduled to hit indoors today. If all goes well, d’Arnaud could be in the lineup over the course of the next few days.
It’s good to see that d’Arnaud is recovering from this relatively smoothly, and could be back in the lineup soon. With the rules set in place to put players on a shorter DL, the Mets have handled this well, much better than the infamous Ryan Church incident in 2008. It doesn’t seem like this concussion is too serious, a very good sign for the young catcher.
The rookie has just had a .196/.274/.314 season thus far, but hopefully can pick up the slack when he returns to the every day lineup. When he is added to the 25-man roster again, the Mets would have to make a corresponding roster move, most likely sending down Juan Centeno to Las Vegas.