Travis d'Arnaud, who is eligible to return from the disabled list on Monday, won't be back any time soon. The Mets'catcher is still in a brace and has yet to be cleared for baseball activities, Sandy Alderson said Friday. d'Arnaud landed on the disabled list on June 23 after spraining his elbow tagging Braves' A.J. Pierzynski three days prior. He is currently undergoing physical therapy to address the mobility of the elbow in both directions.
"Once he basically gets full distance both ways, then he'll be able to start baseball activity," Alderson said.
In 77 plate appearances this year, d'Arnaud is hitting .296/.338/.535, although his season has been dramatically shortened by two stints on the disabled list. Kevin Plawecki, serving as d'Arnaud's replacement, is hitting .227/.275/.305 in 153 plate appearances. Backups Jonny Monell (.167/.194/.200 in 31 plate appearances) and Anthony Recker (.143/.276/.265 in 58 plate appearances) have both alternated between Triple-A Las Vegas and the majors this year.