New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud will catch for the first time in his rehab stint tonight as the St. Lucie Mets visit the Blue Jays' High-A affiliate in Dunedin, Florida. Over the past week, d'Arnaud has played in four games for St. Lucie as the team's designated hitter.
d'Arnaud last played in a Mets game on April 25, but he hit the disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain. He had gotten off to a cold start, as he hit just .196/.288/.261 with a 59 wRC+ in 52 plate appearances. Last year, d'Arnaud spent much of the season on the disabled list, too, but when he was healthy, he fared very well at the plate. He hit .268/.340/.485 with 12 home runs in just 268 plate appearances. That's top-notch production for a catcher.
In d'Arnaud's absence, the Mets have used the catching duo of Kevin Plawecki and Rene Rivera, which hasn't been ideal. Plawecki has struggled at and behind the plate, as his defense has left something to be desired and he's hit .204/.302/.274. Rivera has been the better defender, but he's a bit worse than Plawecki at the plate with a .156/.255/.289 line.