PHOENIX -- John Buck is in Phoenix with the Mets, as his wife in New York continues to await giving birth to the couple's third child, a boy.
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Buck in the not-too-distant future should be departing for paternity leave. If the birth waits until after the weekend, he will have a friend's private plane at his disposal to whisk him back to New York.
Travis d'Arnaud, returning from a broken left foot suffered April 17, has been shifted from Binghamton to Las Vegas. That coincides with the Mets' trip out west, and puts d'Arnaud in position for a cameo with the big league club once Buck departs. Terry Collins said he would use d'Arnaud during Buck's three-day paternity leave assuming the prospect is, in fact, the front office's selection. D'Arnaud already is on the 40-man roster.
A team insider confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that d'Arnaud is the person targeted to fill in for Buck.
As for Buck, the family expected the birth as early as the end of last week. Buck said inducing birth on the Mets' off-day earlier this week was not chosen because his wife had a complication that required a C-section during her pregnancy with twins five years ago, so a natural birth this time is ideal.
Buck lightheartedly said the family is trying to do everything naturally possible to get the birth going, including long walks in Central Park, eating spicy food and massages.