In a corresponding roster move, Kevin Plawecki was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
During his rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, Cabrera went 2-for-5 and played 10 innings of a doubleheader at shortstop with no issues. Cabrera had been on the DL since May 14 with a sprained left thumb, which he sustained diving for a ground ball in the hole.
"I played yesterday and I feel normal," Cabrera said on Thursday.
Cabrera added he is experiencing no pain in the thumb and whatever discomfort may still be there is no big deal, whether it involves fielding or gripping a bat. He does not expect to be limited physically in any way.
"I feel really good," Cabrera said. "I feel that my thumb is ready [enough] to come back."
The DL stint doubled an opportunity for Cabrera to nurse back a series of bumps and bruises he has endured throughout the early parts of the season. Nonetheless, it was hard for Cabrera to sit and watch as the Mets went 3-6 without him.
"All you do is want to be there and support the team until you get back," Cabrera said.
d'Arnaud batted eighth on Thursday in his first start since being sidelined for 22 days with a wrist injury. Jay Bruce, who was absent from Wednesday's game with back tightness, batted third and started in right field.
Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.