Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said he was "emotional" in playing his first game in almost a year in his spring training debut on Sunday.
"I was jittery, nervous," d'Arnaud said. "But once I put my foot in between the foul lines, I was pretty excited and glad to get back out there."
D'Arnaud, who last played in a game on April 8, 2018, went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Sunday's 10-8 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida.
"I'm just happy to be playing today," said d'Arnaud, who drove in a run with a fifth-inning single and grounded out twice. "Right now, it's about seeing the ball, hitting the ball and getting back out there behind the plate."
The 30-year-old d'Arnaud signed a one-year deal this offseason to stay with New York, however the Mets appear to have a new starting catcher: Wilson Ramos, whom they signed to a two-year, $19 million contract this offseason.
D'Arnaud said he hasn't focused much on the competition behind the plate and is instead focusing on making sure he's 100 percent ready for the regular season.
"We just want to see him," manager Mickey Callaway said. "When you're out that long, we've just got to get our eyes on him and see where he's at physically, see where he's at mentally, because that takes its toll being out so long. ... We just need to see him play."