The first of those men, Duda, could return to the Bigs this weekend against the Brewers according to Sandy Alderson. Duda, who suffered a hyper-extended elbow earlier this season, has hit .238 with four home runs and seven RBI in 13 games. He was on track for a return last week but suffered a setback.
T.J. Rivera has been phenomenal filling in for Duda at first base, hitting .381 (16-42) with seven doubles, one home run, seven RBI and nine runs scored in his last 11 games.
“I try not to concern myself with the things I can’t control,” Rivera said regarding Duda’s return. “What I can control is coming out here, try to help the team win right now when I’m getting my opportunity. When the time comes, decisions will be made but that’s not really what’s on my mind right now.”
Travis d’Arnaud, who has a bone bruise in his right hand, will travel to Florida to continue rehab according to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News. He has already been doing receiving drills as they don’t involve his throwing hand, however he has also been hitting which is a good sign. The catcher has hit .203/.288/.475 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 22 games this season.
Last but not least, lefty Steven Matz will pitch two innings in an extended spring training game this Saturday according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman also reports that an optimistic timetable for his return would be late this month.
Matz has yet to pitch in a regular season game but went 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in spring training. While that optimistic late-May return is attractive, the Mets will probably be extra cautious with him because it’s an elbow injury. An early-June return seems more realistic.