John Buck is leaving the team for paternity leave tonight.
Anthony Recker will replace Buck on tonight’s starting lineup and bat seventh.
According to the team’s beat reporters on Twitter, Travis d’Arnaud – who will be recalled to replace Buck on the roster – cannot get to San Diego from Las Vegas in time for the start of tonight’s game.
Instead, the Mets will play a with only one catcher and 24 players tonight.
Andrew Brown or Mike Baxter will serve as the emergency catcher, and d’Arnaud will be activated in time for tomorrow’s game.
Update – 9:08 PM: Sandy Alderson told reporters it’s possible d’Arnaud could remain with the club when Buck returns from paternity leave.
In 19 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, d’Arnaud has hit .304 with a .487 OBP and 1.041 OPS, two home runs and 12 RBI in 56 at-bats.
D’Arnaud spent nearly three months on the disabled list with a broken foot he sustained from a foul ball while catching in April.
Michael Baron, ContributorFinally and, congratulations to John and his family. He has a long and anxious flight back to New York, but this is a great time and I am happy for him.
As for the forthcoming roster move, if they return d’Arnaud to the minors – as they originally had planned to do when Buck came back – it would save the team from having to make a move on the active roster now, versus simply adding d’Arnaud to the active roster when rosters expand in about two weeks. In addition, d’Arnaud hasn’t really had that much exposure at Triple-A, and so a few more games there can only help him. Even if they send d’Arnaud back to Vegas after Monday’s game in Minneapolis, it’s going to be fun to get a little tease with d’Arnaud over the next few days and see his game at the big league level.