Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has fully recovered from the bone bruise on his right wrist, and the club announced before Wednesday night’s game that he was being activated on the 25-man roster. Going the other way will be Tommy Milone, who was originally slated to start Saturday. However, he was blown up during Sunday afternoon’s start and has been placed on the disabled list with a left knee sprain.
Now it seems like Josh Smoker will go as long as he can on Saturday in a game that will only further stress the endurance of New York’s bullpen. Either that, or the Mets will find someone else after Smoker gave up a monster home run to Hunter Renfroe in his Wednesday appearance against the Padres.
d’Arnaud has been a decent hitter for the Mets when he’s been healthy this year. He hit .226/.305/.528 during April despite playing through the wrist injury for the last half of the month. However, now that he’s back, it’s unclear if he’s reclaim the starting catcher job right away. In his stead, Rene Rivera has been hitting uncommonly well thanks to a .383 BABIP and he’s also the better defensive option.