Dilson Herrera and Travis d'Arnaud are joining the St. Lucie Mets tonight in Palm Beach. Both Herrera and d'Arnaud fractured their fingers earlier this season and will begin rehab assignments as they inch closer to a return to the Mets. Herrera was placed on the disabled list on May 15 after breaking his middle finger in fielding drills during batting practice. d'Arnaud has been out of the lineup since April 19 after he was hit by a pitch which fractured his pinkie.
d'Arnaud hit .317/.356/.537 with two home runs in eleven games before getting hurt, and the Mets could desperately use his bat back in the lineup. There was hope that d'Arnaud would be able to return to the Mets in San Diego earlier this week, but a bone bruise in his right wrist set him back. If all goes well, he could return to the Mets by the middle of June.
While Herrera hit only .235/.297/.353 in ten games with the Mets before getting hurt, he was tearing the cover off the ball in Triple-A, hitting .370 in 81 at bats for Las Vegas before he was called up to the Mets. While Terry Collins has said he does not expect the Mets' infield alignment to change, it will be interesting to see what role Herrera plays upon his return.