The New York Mets will promote catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to their game on Saturday against the San Diego Padres, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. D'Arnaud will replace catcher John Buck, who will be placed on paternity leave for three days.
D'Arnaud is hitting .286/.420/.514 in 131 minor-league plate appearances. He missed a chunk of the season with a fractured foot after being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade during the offseason. D'Arnaud appeared in only 67 games in 2012 while dealing with injuries, as well, though he hit .333/.380/.595 when healthy.
The 24-year-old native of California will be given a shot to stay on the Mets' roster, general manager Sandy Alderson told Rubin.
While Buck was with his wife and d'Arnaud was stuck in Salt Lake City, Utah, for Las Vegas' Pacific Coast League contest, the Mets utilized outfielder Andrew Brown, who has not caught in a professional game, as their backup catcher on Friday.