By Jason Schott - @JESchott19
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud has been cleared by the Mets team doctor to resume baseball activities after being on the 7-day Disabled List after suffering a concussion.
d-Arnaud took batting practice on Friday afternoon, and he said, "It felt great." The next step is "go out there and do an active warmout again, play some catch, and catch a bullpen (session), said d'Arnaud.
He said he did not know when he would play in a game and that there is no set plan for his rehab. "I'm just here doing whatever they tell me to do," said d'Arnaud.
On how this compares to other recoveries from concussions he has had, he said, "Pretty similar, I think it was about a week until I started feeling normal, then after that started baseball activities."
While talking to reporters, he had the old-style catcher's mask at his feet, a sign that he will be wearing that from now on instead of the hockey-style mask. On why he is changing, d'Arnaud said, "Because I've had two concussions with the hockey-style mask...I thought they were more protection. It happened twice, so I'm going to go back to what I'm comfortable with." d'Arnaud made the switch in August of last season as a precautionary measure after being hit by a backswing in the side of the face.
Mets Manager Terry Collins said of any hurdles d'Arnaud has to clear, "The medical side, after he's done with what he did today, he's gonna go catch a bullpen...if he's cleared by the trainers and he's then cleared by the doctors that see him on a daily basis here, the next step is to get Major League Baseball to okay that 'hey, he's ready to start baseball activities again.' They review our stuff, so once they sign off, we can put him on the field."
On a possible rehab assignment, Collins said, "My feeling is he needs to play someplace. It's going to be 10 or 11 days since he's played. I don't think it has to be long, go get himself eight to 10 at-bats to see how he feels, and go catch in a regular game setting for seven innings or so to see how he comes back from it. If he's okay, I think he'll be ready to come back."
d'Arnaud has played in 31 games this season, 29 of which were starts, and is hitting .196 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI, and walked 11 times. The Mets' other catchers have done well in his place. Juan Centeno has hit .300 with a couple RBI in three games, and started Friday night's rainout, while Anthony Recker has played in 21 games this season and has hit .203 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI.