The New York Mets have activated catcher Travis d’Arnaud from the injured list and have optioned Tomas Nido to Triple-A Syracuse prior to this afternoon’s game. Tomorrow marks one year to the day that d’Arnaud last appeared in a major league game.
d’Arnaud had Tommy John surgery on April 17, 2018, after he was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow. The 30-year-old catcher returned this spring and played in eight games for the Mets. In 19 Grapefruit League at-bats, he recorded five hits, including one home run and one double. Once the season began, d’Arnaud remained in Florida to continue his rehab assignment and appeared in two games for the St. Lucie Mets. In those games, he picked up two base hits and one walk in eight plate appearances.
This season will be d’Arnaud’s seventh season with the club. Last year, he appeared in just four games prior to suffering his injury and picked up three hits in 15 at-bats. In his career, he’s posted a 96 wRC+ and a .245/.306/.406 slash line in 397 big league games. He will now return to serve as the primary backup to Wilson Ramos.
In d’Arnaud’s absence, Nido traveled north with the team to serve as Ramos’s backup. He made two starts for the club and did not record a hit while striking out two times in six at-bats.