New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud is actually closer to returning than most originally thought, while Lucas Duda will be shelved.

A couple of important pieces of news items struck the New York Mets on Monday.

One was positive, another was displeasing, to say the least.

First, the bad news. First-baseman Lucas Duda is dealing with a stress fracture in his lower back. He’s been placed on the 15-day DL and is expected to miss somewhere between 6-10 weeks.

As far as the good news is concerned, catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who’s been on the DL since Apr. 26 with a strained right rotator cuff, has resumed throwing, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Assistant general manager John Ricco also stated that d’Arnaud should be joining the Mets Florida complex at some point midweek (Port St. Lucie). The Mets regular starting catcher has been working/rehabbing at home with his personal physical therapist/trainer.

H/T ESPN, Adam Rubin

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