Travis d'Arnaud receives first-base gloves at Mets camp

The Mets might give catcher Travis d'Arnaud some playing time at first base as a way to keep his bat in the lineup this season. Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Catcher Travis d'Arnaud received his very own first-base glove on Wednesday at New York Mets camp.

"I got a couple," d'Arnaud revealed.

Still, don't expect to see d'Arnaud manning first base in a Grapefruit League game any time soon. Infield coach Tim Teufel predicts it won't be until late in spring training before manager Terry Collins might throw d'Arnaud at first base in an actual game.

With d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki both young and promising catchers, the Mets have no plans to move either off his primary position. But team officials do want to get them some work at first base, so it is at least plausible that they are both in the lineup at the same time on rare occasions during the regular season.

"Maybe TC will do something near the end of spring training," Teufel said. "Right now, when you're looking at spring training games and so forth, I think there's a little bit more prep that needs to be done with the two catchers."

Since being drafted out of high school in 2007, d'Arnaud has only appeared in two minor league games at first base. Those came in a pair of starts with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2012, when the Pacific Coast League club was affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I've done some work with Kevin over there," Teufel said. "And Plawecki looks good -- catching the ground balls, rounding the ball and flipping to first base with the pitcher covering. We've covered pick[off]s.

"D'Arnaud just got his first baseman's glove in today. He's excited to break it in and get some reps. You know, it's great for catchers to go over there and take ground balls and picks and so forth, because there are similarities to behind the dish, too, in picking balls. A lot of times they have to pick fastballs. You don't block fastballs. A little bit of footwork added to it, those guys are capable of doing it [at first base] as well."

Meanwhile, Wilmer Flores is far more likely to see time at first base soon in Grapefruit League action. Flores is expected to serve as the primary backup to Lucas Duda at first base. Actually, Flores should be the primary backup at all four infield positions.

"As much time as Wilmer has spent on the infield, a lot of times he can visualize things that are happening at first base. He has that in his mind already," Teufel said. "And now, running him over to first base, I think the footwork part of it is going to be something that he's going to be in tune with. It's not going to be a big project. I've already seen him over there taking ground balls. And we're talking Wilmer being over there on a part-time basis anyway. So I don't think it's going to be an issue learning the footwork, learning how to come off the bag, learning how to attack a ground ball.

"I think the only thing he probably needs a little bit more reps on are the backhand plays, just because of the angle of the throw. He's got to have a little different footwork than he's had on the left side of the infield and at second base. But, certainly, with the reps that he's going to be taking in spring training, I feel very comfortable he'll be ready for April and be ready to be used at any time during the regular season."