The New York Mets’ prized catching prospect, Travis d’Arnaud, is back after being out three months with a broken left foot—injuries have plagued the catcher, limiting him to 79 total minor-league games over the past two seasons.
On Thursday, d’Arnaud played for the Gulf Coast Mets in rookie ball, catching five innings and going 1-for-3, with a two-run double. The catcher’s play showed that he is ready to play ball and that his left foot is no longer an issue.
The 24-year-old catcher was the centerpiece in the offseason trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, and he was supposed to be the Mets’ catcher of the future; last season, d’Arnaud batted .333 with 16 homeruns in 67 Triple-A games. Before the injury at Triple-A this past April, d’Arnaud was batting .250 (9-for-36), had five doubles, one homerun and eight RBIs in 12 games.
Before the injury, d’Arnaud was looking to get the call up to the Mets’ roster in June, but now, after the injury, it looks like that won’t happen until September at the earliest.