D'Arnaud broke the first metatarsal (the bone connected to the big toe) on his left foot on April 17.
He said he hopes doctors soon allow him to shed the protective boot he's been wearing, after which he can report to St. Lucie and begin his rehab.
"I know after I see the doctor I go to Florida to start strengthening," he said. "Who knows, it could be quicker (than eight weeks), you never know."
This team needs some new blood, and I'm looking to d'Arnaud and Zack Wheeler to bring it. I'm desperate to see something exciting and compelling outside of Matt Harvey, and I believe these guys will do this (at least for a little while, though hopefully for a lot longer than that).
It certainly seems like Wheeler will get promoted sooner than later. D'Arnaud is going to have to get 100% healthy, but that shouldn't take him too long. They're both ready, it's just a matter of contract status, rosters and health at this point. John Buck had been a nice story, but he is what he is. We'll see if he can play a little first base, as Terry Collins suggested in Spring Training, while still getting some games behind the plate and acting as a mentor.
It's time to look forward. If this team isn't going to win more than they lose -- which they won't -- I need Wheeler and d'Arnaud to keep me totally tuned in. It's time. They know it. We know it. Everyone knows it. Do what you've got to do to protect their contract status, Sandy, I get it, but then make the move the second you can. Thanks.
To read d'Arnaud's full Q&A, check out this post on MetsBlog from last week.