Things just got a little more interesting in Mets land.
According to reports, top prospect Travis D’Arnaud may find his way into the Mets lineup this weekend for the first time since the talented young catcher was traded from Toronto in last years R.A. Dickey deal.
With current Mets catcher John Buck and his wife are expecting their first child today, Buck is expected to take a three day paternity leave, opening up an opportunity for D’Arnaud. When asked by reporters who would replace Buck, Mets manager Terry Collins said that rookie Travis D’Arnaud would be up for consideration to join the Mets once Buck departs the team.
Just a little over a week ago, D’Arnaud returned from a broken foot that had sidelined him for over three months. Prior to the news of the possible call-up, D’Arnaud was scheduled to report to Double-A Binghamton to continue his comeback. Now that may all change.
If the young catcher is called up Mets manager Terry Collins said he wouldn’t hesitate to put him in the starting lineup. But the final decision on who gets the promotion ultimately falls into the hands of general manager Sandy Alderson. If d’Arnaud isn’t selected, Triple-A Las Vegas catchers Francisco Pena and Juan Centeno would be under consideration for the spot.