However, Travis d'Arnaud remains in Major League camp, even though Opening Day is two weeks from today.
According to Marc Carig of Newsday, d'Arnaud will still be sent to Triple-A Las Vegas before Opening Day, but the team feels he will benefit by being around Major League pitchers and staff.
d'Arnaud is hitting .345 with a .412 OBP this spring.
I was a little surprised the Mets didn't send d'Arnaud down this weekend. I do like that the Mets want him to associate with people at the big league level - he's close, and it's important he feels comfortable working with the Major League staff and knows the current members of the rotation for when he is ultimately promoted. I get the sense d'Arnaud will go down soon - as important as it is for him to get acclimated with the big league staff, he also needs to work with the Triple-A pitching staff, and Zack Wheeler in particular.
The only problem I have with d'Arnaud remaining in big league camp is the risk involved. He plays an impact position (case in point: the collision he was involved with at the plate today in Jupiter), and if he gets injured and has to miss time, he will begin to accrue big-league service time (which means his arbitration/free agent clock would begin). Don't get me wrong - I want to continue to watch d'Arnaud and there is clear value to keeping him in Major League camp for now. But I don't want the Mets to take any unnecessary risks - either with his health or from a business perspective - when they intend to send d'Arnaud to Vegas before the end of camp anyway.