Travis d’Arnaud hardly aced his audition over the last three days but showed enough ability for the Mets to believe his time has arrived.
With John Buck returning from paternity leave today d’Arnaud will remain on the Mets roster and receive the majority of playing time at catcher. To clear roster space for d’Arnaud the Mets optioned Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas following yesterday’s 6-1 victory over the Twins.
The 24-year-old d’Arnaud went hitless in three at-bats yesterday and is 0-for-7 with five walks over three games.
“One of the things we wanted to see over the three days is was he within an acceptable range of performance?” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “Certainly he demonstrated that way beyond the threshold.”
Had the Mets optioned d’Arnaud back to Las Vegas he likely would have returned in early September with the expansion of rosters.
Alderson cited the additional exposure d’Arnaud will receive to the Mets pitching staff over the next few weeks and the ...