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Travis d'Arnaud hit his first homer of the year Friday off the Angels' Tyler Skaggs.

It was just d'Arnaud's fourth hit in 31 at-bats. He didn't look very good for most of the spring either, but he did pick it up in the end, giving some hope that a fast start was on the way. Instead, he's remained a disappointment.

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Travis d'Arnaud notched his first two hits of the season Tuesday, going 2-for-4 in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

d'Arnaud began the season 0-for-16 before a fourth inning single, and just for good measure he added a double and a run scored in seventh. The catcher has gotten off to a slow start to his major league career, both at the plate and from a health perspective, but the Mets believe he's the team's catcher of the future. Hopefully his multi-hit day is a sign of good things to come.

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Travis d'Arnaud is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

D'Arnaud is a little worn down, and manager Terry Collins likely also wanted to keep the youngster's average above .200 (it's at .205). The 24-year-old didn't hit much in his first big league audition, but it shouldn't hurt his chances at being the Opening Day catcher in 2014.

Travis d'Arnaud C NYM 7 Months

Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) is back in the Mets' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

He sat out Wednesday after making an early exit Tuesday night with a sore right shoulder. The 24-year-old backstop is hitting .167/.233/.231 with one home run and four RBI over his first 24 major league games.

Travis d'Arnaud C NYM 7 Months

Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Giants.

D'Arnaud left Tuesday's game with a sore right shoulder and is getting the day off to recuperate. Juan Centeno will make his major league debut behind the plate Wednesday.

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Travis d'Arnaud left Tuesday's game against the Giants with a sore right shoulder.

D'Arnaud took a foul tip off the shoulder and was in obvious pain. He'll surely have a big bruise but should be fine in a day or two. Anthony Recker took his spot behind the plate.

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Travis d'Arnaud laced a game-winning RBI single to center in the 12th inning Sunday, sending the Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Marlins.

Zach Phillips loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th, but Ryan Webb induced two fielder's choice ground ball outs before d'Arnaud ended the affair. The rookie catcher has a bright future, but his bat isn't ready for fantasy stardom just yet; he's slashing .169/.235/.234 over 77 at-bats.

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Travis d'Arnaud smacked his first career homer in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

d'Arnaud's two-run shot off Rick Porcello in the fourth inning gave New York a 3-2 advantage, but the Mets allowed nine consecutive runs to lose 11-3. d'Arnaud is batting just .111/.333/.333 in 18 at-bats over seven games, but the precocious talent should get the bulk of the playing time over John Buck down the stretch and is definitely worth owning in NL-only and two-catcher formats.

Travis d'Arnaud C NYM 8 Months

Travis d'Arnaud is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Braves.

D'Arnaud has caught four straight games, so John Buck will make the start with the day game. Look for the rookie backstop to return to the lineup Friday against the Tigers.

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The Mets will keep Travis d'Arnaud in the majors.

That was the assumption already, but the Mets made official Monday by optioning Anthony Recker to Triple-A. D'Arnaud should get the bulk of the playing time over John Buck down the stretch and is worth owning in two-catcher mixed fantasy leagues.