A's series still eyed for d'Arnaud return

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Barring a last-minute change of plans, the Mets intend to have Travis d'Arnaud return to the majors Tuesday or Wednesday, during a two-game series against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field, team insiders continue to tell ESPNNewYork.com.

D'Arnaud is hitting .444 (24-for-54) with six homers and 16 RBIs during his two-week stint with Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Travis d'Arnaud is expected to return to the majors no later than Wednesday.

"It's encouraging," Sandy Alderson told ESPNNewYork.com after the Mets' 11-5 win against the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

Alderson agreed that while Pacific Coast League numbers can be inflated, production at that level cannot be dismissed.

"He's done it in other ballparks, too," the GM added, alluding to d'Arnaud's opening eight appearances with the Pacific Coast League club coming at Colorado Springs and Oklahoma City. "So it's not just Vegas. And off some decent pitching. [Tim] Cooney pitched [Saturday] night. So you can't totally discount it."

As for whether this was just a confidence-boosting exercise for d'Arnaud or there were some material mechanical changes during the minor-league cameo, Alderson said: "Well, I think it had a lot to do with confidence. We talked about how we'd like to get him better balanced and using his hands more, but that's all anecdotal."

By keeping d'Arnaud's June 7 demotion to less than 20 days, the option the Mets used to send him to the minors will be rescinded. That means d'Arnaud will have one option rather than no options remaining just in case the Mets need to again consider a demotion in 2015.

"It could be," Alderson said about preserving the option being advantageous.

Terry Collins and Alderson were believed to still be discussing Sunday whether Anthony Recker or Taylor Teagarden would lose his roster spot when d'Arnaud returns. Recker has an option available, whereas Teagarden must be exposed to waivers, and can opt out even if he were to clear. That may end up being a deciding factor, since the organization views both similarly -- backups who can decently throw and can run into a fastball for a homer.