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Mets C Travis d’Arnaud returned to the lineup Wednesday for the first time since suffering a concussion. He was hitless in four at bats in his first game and grounded out in to a double play with the bases loaded.

"We've got to start getting some offense out of our catching position, for sure," Terry Collins said before the game.

This season, Mets catchers have driving in only 16 runs, which is third-worst in all of baseball.

D'Arnaud is batting .196 in 32 games this season. He hit .202 in 31 games last year.

Ugh, it's frustrating, because d'Arnaud has the potential to change the dynamic of this lineup. He and Lucas Duda have always been the difference makers, more so than Curtis Granderson. In the beginning of the season, as well as in Spring Training, d'Arnaud appeared to be guessing and seemed too defensive at the plate. He started reacting better in advance of his concussion and was showing signs of better, more direct contact. However, he missed the last couple of weeks rehabbing. He looked weak on Wednesday, but that is to be expected in his first game back. I assume he's healthy, or he wouldn't be playing.

So, it's getting to be time for d'Arnaud to seriously increase his production. The Mets need it, but so does he. His value must be down. He's already been traded twice, both times for the opposing team's ace. Mets C prospect Kevin Plawecki is on fire and making a major name for himself. Travis is 25, he has 63 games under his belt, he has the trust of his pitching staff, he's been a top rated prospect for years, his time is now.

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