Mets activate d’Arnaud, option Recker to Triple-A

By Danny Abriano

The New York Mets have activated catcher Travis d’Arnaud and sent Anthony Recker down to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster, the team announced on Thursday.

D’Arnaud who has been on the disabled list since June 23 due to a hyperextended left elbow, recently completed a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton. He caught seven innings on Monday and nine innings on Tuesday before having the day off on Wednesday to travel back to Queens.

D’Arnaud suffered his injury during a play at the plate in Atlanta on June 20 and was initially expected to return to the lineup a few days later. Instead, he was placed on the disabled list and was in a brace for a few weeks before being cleared for baseball activity.

In April, d’Arnaud suffered a fractured right pinky when he was hit by a pitch, and missed nearly two months.

Due to the elbow and pinky injuries, d’Arnaud has been limited to just 19 games so far this season, where he has hit .296/.338/.535 with four home runs and 17 RBI.

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In d’Arnaud’s stead, Kevin Plawecki has been the starting catcher. With d’Arnaud back and Recker demoted, Plawecki will serve as the backup and will likely get lots of playing time since it’s Terry Collins‘ plan to ease d’Arnaud back in.


D’Arnaud returning should give the offense a huge jolt, and he’ll be joining a lineup that has been bolstered by the promotion of top prospect Michael Conforto and the recent hot streak by Lucas Duda.

Being without d’Arnaud for the majority of the season has arguably been just as bad as being without David Wright — who recently began baseball activity — and the Mets need to cross their fingers that he’ll be able to stay healthy the rest of the way.

As has been noted many times, though, even with d’Arnaud back, the Mets need to swing a trade for another potential impact player — preferably an outfielder. And they have less than 24 hours to do so.