Travis d’Arnaud made his big league debut last night, going 0-for-2 with two walks and one passed ball while catching.
“It was one of those feelings everyone dreams they can have,” d’Arnaud said about making his debut. “I can’t even describe it, but unfortunately we got the loss. We’ve got to try to come out tomorrow and win the series.”
D’arnaud said he had all kinds of emotions during the experience.
“Everything. Nervousness. A rush of emotions. Excitement. It’s all just formed into one. It’s just an unbelievable feeling that I hope everyone can feel one day,” d’Arnaud explained.
D’arnaud told reporters before the game he is having no issues with his foot, which he broke in a game back in April and caused him to miss more than three months of this season.
“My foot feels normal, back to normal like it was in April, and I don’t even notice it at all any more,” D’arnaud said about his foot.
Terry Collins was pleased with d’Arnaud’s performance behind the plate in his debut.
“I thought he handled himself really good, especially behind the plate,” Collins said. “The reports of what he can do offensively, you really can’t get a read on that, especially in spring training; you’ve got to see it during the season. But I thought he called a good game. I thought he received the ball well.”
Collins hopes d’Arnaud remains with the club beyond tomorrow’s game against the Twins – he was recalled because John Buck went on paternity leave, and the Mets will have to make a roster move before Tuesday’s game against the Braves at Citi Field.
“We’re certainly hoping he stays,” Collins said. “Is there a plan going in? No. But you’ve just got to hope that he’s ready to show us that he belongs here.”
Meanwhile, Matt Harvey is looking forward to pitching to d’Arnaud today against the Padres.
“He knows what he’s doing back there,” Matt Harvey said, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. “He’s a good kid and he’s willing to learn. He’s going to figure things out real quickly. “It’ll be fun. It’s a little bit of a change because I’ve thrown to Buck all year, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.”