It appears that Travis d'Arnaud could be back in the Mets' lineup before the end of next week. According to Mike Vorkunov of NJ.com, the Mets catcher will play five innings in an extended spring training game tomorrow with the hopes that he will be able to reach Triple-A Las Vegas within six days.
Assuming the rehab goes according to plan, the best-case scenario for d'Arnaud's big-league return would come in San Diego, where the Mets will begin a three-game series against the Padres on June 1. If he is not back in time for that series, it is likely that he would start at some point that weekend against the Diamondbacks.
d'Arnaud has been out of the Mets' lineup since in April 19 with a fractured pinkie. Before the injury, he was the Mets' hottest hitter, batting .317 with 10 RBI in 11 games.
A healthy d'Arnaud could do wonders for the Mets' reeling lineup. Before his injury, the Mets were averaging 4.38 runs per game. Since, that number has fallen to just 3.09.
The Mets have gone just 14-18 while d'Arnaud has been on the disabled list.