The Mets activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud from the injured list prior to Sunday's game at Citi Field against the Nationals, optioning catcher Tomas Nido to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on the 25-man roster.
D'Arnaud, who has not played in the majors for roughly a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, had been playing rehab games with High-A St. Lucie, where he went 2-for-7 with one walk in two games.
With d'Arnaud back, the Mets are two players (Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie) away from being at full strength. Frazier, who has been out since Feb. 26 due to a strained oblique, has also been playing rehab games with St. Lucie and is expected to return soon. Lowrie (knee) is a bit further away.
When Frazier returns, he will likely replace infielder Luis Guillorme on the 25-man roster.
Meanwhile, d'Arnaud returning is key for a Mets team that will be careful this season to not overwork starting catcher Wilson Ramos, who has dealt with injury issues during his career.
While d'Arnaud has not turned into the player the Mets hoped they were getting when they acquired him from the Blue Jays for R.A. Dickey as part of the trade that also brought them Noah Syndergaard, he has been solid when healthy -- with a .245/.306/.406 triple slash to go along with 47 homers in 397 games.