Print and Go Back ESPN.com: New York Mets [Print without images]

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Travis OK for activity; return not imminent

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Travis d’Arnaud was cleared Thursday to begin baseball activities including running, throwing and hitting in a cage. The go-ahead came nine days after d’Arnaud suffered a concussion as the result of getting struck on the top of the head by Alfonso Soriano's backswing in the Bronx.

D’Arnaud still may be several days away from returning to the lineup. Terry Collins mentioned he would like d’Arnaud to get at-bats on a rehab assignment. Physicians will need to sign off before any game activity occurs.

D’Arnaud said he was symptom-free for the first time Wednesday. Previously, he was dealing with “a lot of headaches,” sensitivity to light and sound, and trouble sleeping.

“I was just laying in bed,” d’Arnaud said. “Sometimes if I was bored of that I’d go to the couch and lay on the couch. That’s pretty much it.”

D’Arnaud indicated he has now suffered three concussions during his professional career. One came on April 25, 2011, while he was playing in Double-A with the Toronto Blue Jays, when he was struck with consecutive foul balls and immediately became dizzy. He departed that game an inning later. The other came in 2008 on a play at the plate as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, when he took a foot to the face after discarding his mask.

As for the Soriano backswing, d’Arnaud noted it was violent enough that it knocked him to the ground. Still, he wanted to finish the game.

“There were two outs in the ninth,” he said. “I just tried to finish the game out. There was nothing too severe right after the game. Right when I was heading home, the headaches and loss of balance and dizziness, lightheadedness all started coming into effect.”

D’Arnaud watched Wednesday’s game from the dugout for the first time in a week. He had to abandon watching the previous Wednesday because the light and noise were too much to handle.

D’Arnaud was wearing a goaltender-style mask that provides more protection when his past two concussions occurred. He wants to switch back to the more traditional style with a separate skullcap and mask. D’Arnaud said his positioning behind the plate really is not an issue. He moved backward at the Mets’ encouragement beginning last season.

“I feel great,” d’Arnaud insisted.