The Mets announced before Tuesday’s game that Travis d’Arnaud has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
To make room for d’Arnaud, Taylor Teagarden was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled left hamstring.
Without Teagarden’s injury, the Mets would’ve had to make a decision regarding who to demote between he and Anthony Recker.
The Mets could’ve sent Recker down without any potential ramifications, while Teagarden would’ve had the option to elect free agency – leading some to believe Recker could’ve been the odd man out.
D’Arnaud, who was sent down after struggling in 2013 and hitting just .180 in 2014, tore up Triple-A pitching during the 16 games he spent with Las Vegas.
D’Arnaud said a week or so ago that his struggles in the majors this season were “all mental.”
After a few weeks in Triple-A, d’Arnaud seems poised to start producing like the player the Mets think he can be.
I was opposed to sending d’Arnaud down, since the Mets had no viable option who deserved to play over him in the majors, but it appears that d’Arnaud benefited from his Triple-A stint in a big way.
Whether it was simply a wake up call that he needed will remain to be seen, but he’s definitely in a good place at the moment.