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d'Arnaud to return to majors Tuesday

6/23/2014

JUPITER, Fla. -- Travis d'Arnaud is back.

Sixteen days after being informed in San Francisco that he was being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, d'Arnaud was pulled from Monday's Pacific Coast League game in the fourth inning and informed he is returning to the majors.

Adam Rubin

Travis d'Arnaud will return to the majors on Tuesday.

He will be active for Tuesday's series opener at Citi Field against the Oakland Athletics.

D'Arnaud hit .436 (24-for-55) with eight doubles, six homers and 16 RBIs in 15 games during his minor league stint.

“It was all mental,” d’Arnaud recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal about his turnaround. “Just focusing in on every at-bat like it’s my last at-bat. Not thinking about a hundred different things. Just focusing on one thing and keeping a solid approach on each and every pitch. I kind of went away from that [before the demotion]. ... I feel like my concentration is up and I’m able to focus in easier. I feel good. I’m in a good place.”

D'Arnaud was hitting .180 with three homers in 128 at-bats with the Mets before being sent to Vegas after the Mets' June 7 game at San Francisco.

“He needed to clear his head a little bit, come down here, have some success and get some confidence built back up,” 51s manager Wally Backman told the Review-Journal. “... We pushed him pretty quick to the big leagues because of need. There’s more pressure in the big leagues, without question, not only to catch and call a game and run a pitching staff, [but] being a rookie catcher in the big leagues in a big market. Plus you’ve got to hit.”

The Mets did not announce a corresponding move. They must decide between optioning Anthony Recker or exposing Taylor Teagarden to waivers. Teagarden also has an out if he clears because he has been outrighted before.