David Wright resumed baseball activities Monday as he continues to progress from a lower back strain. Wright threw and took ground balls, but an exact date for his return is still unknown. Travis d'Arnaud underwent an X-ray, which cleared him to resume hitting drills, and he reported no pain after taking 10 dry swings. It was d'Arnaud's first hitting activity of any kind since fracturing his right pinkie finger on April 19. Right-hander Bobby Parnell is scheduled to throw another inning on Tuesday at Class A St. Lucie. Parnell has allowed 11 hits and eight earned in 5 2/3 innings over two rehab stints as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Another set of X-rays confirmed the break in Dilson Herrera's right middle finger. He will be re-examined in three weeks.
As several injured Mets inch toward returns, third baseman David Wright's path back remains uncertain.
Wright, whose rehab from a strained right hamstring stalled when he began experiencing lower-back pain last week, did not participate in any baseball activities Monday at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Instead, he received treatment at the team's rehab center. Though Wright could return to the field as soon as Tuesday, assistant general manager John Ricco said that "based on how it's going, I'm not going to make any guesses." Making steadier progress is catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who has been cleared for all baseball activities other than swinging a bat. Ricco said that d'Arnaud should begin hitting in about a week, as he works his way back from a fractured right pinkie finger. The catcher is on schedule to return from the disabled list around the end of May.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud was removed from Sunday's game after he sustained a fractured right hand after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of Sunday's game.
No timetable has been set for his return, but expect the second-year catcher to miss significant time. Recently promoted to the No. 2 spot in the lineup in place of the injured David Wright, d'Arnaud has seven hits and two home runs in his last five games. d'Arnaud walked to first base under his own power, but left after an on-field examination by Mets manager Terry Collins and a club trainer. The Mets seem likely to recall catcher Kevin Plawecki, who entered the season as the No. 63 prospect in all of baseball, per MLB.com.
The Mets’ prized prospect acquisition from last offseason, d’Arnaud entered 2013 with high hopes of making a Major League contribution. The touted catcher was unable to do so, however, as first-half injuries delayed a debut that saw him hit .202/.286/.263 in 112 plate appearances. Last season aside, the 25-year-old is expected to receive the bulk of the Mets’ backstop at-bats in 2014, earning a chance to break out as many believe he eventually can.
Fantasy Bottom Line: Prized prospect should be viewed as burgeoning young star.