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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Centeno starts, but d'Arnaud on mend

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK -- Juan Centeno will make his major league debut for the Mets on Wednesday, batting eighth and catching. But manager Terry Collins is hopeful Travis d'Arnaud will be back behind the plate on Thursday.

d'Arnaud left Tuesday's game early after taking a foul ball off his right shoulder. "He's pretty sore, but he's better than yesterday," Collins said. "I'm hoping that tomorrow he's OK."

Centeno, 23, was a 32nd-round draft pick of the Mets back in 2007, and has been working his way through the farm system. He began this season at Double-A Binghamton but was quickly promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .305 with zero home runs and 28 RBIs in 67 games.

"You can expect the kid to show you all of the fundamentally correct ways to catch and throw," Collins said. "He's about as good a defender as we have, and he's gotten better offensively. He's not gonna be a big power guy, but he's gonna get some hits."