Travis d'Arnaud is expected to catch today and tomorrow with Binghamton, with an eye toward returning to the Mets on Friday, according to Terry Collins. d'Arnaud has been out of action since June 20 with a hyperextended elbow.
In three rehab games with Double-A Binghamton, d'Arnaud has gone 4-for-11 while splitting time between catcher and designated hitter. If he is able to come out of these next two games unscathed, d'Arnaud should be given the go-ahead to return to the Mets' lineup, with the early noon start on Thursday being the only thing stopping him from returning even sooner.
This has been d'Arnaud's second stint on the disabled list this season, as he had previously missed over a month with a fractured right hand. For as long as he can stay healthy, the 26-year-old's powerful right-handed bat will be a key cog in the Mets' lineup. He has batted .296/.338/.535 with five home runs over 77 plate appearances in the big leagues this season.