Catcher Travis d'Arnaud has completed his rehab assignment at Double-A Binghamton and is returning to New York City. He is expected to be in the Mets' lineup for Friday's game against the Washington Nationals. d'Arnaud played well during his stint in Binghamton, managing five hits in 15 at-bats, but more importantly he caught three games, showing off his healthy arm in the process. He threw out of the only runner who attempted a steal with him behind the plate.
d’Arnaud is recovering from a sprained left elbow that he injured during a collision with fellow catcher A.J. Pierzynski of the Atlanta Braves on June 20. The sustained the injury in just his eighth game back from d'Arnaud's previous injury, a fractured finger that cost him more than six weeks.
Although he’s only logged 77 plate appearances for New York this season, d’Arnaud remains one of the few bright spots—when healthy—in an otherwise anemic Mets offense. His presence in the middle of the lineup should really bolster the Mets, who are near the bottom of the majors in several key offensive categories, including runs scored, batting average, and OPS.