Per MLB rules, any player on the 40-man roster who is in big league camp and gets injured within 15 days of Opening Day would be subject to the Major League disabled list, and would begin accruing big league service time and earning Major League pay.
However, Travis d’Arnaud remains in Major League camp, even though Opening Day is two weeks from today.
According to Marc Carig of Newsday, d’Arnaud will still be sent to Triple-A Las Vegas before Opening Day, but the team feels he will benefit by being around Major League pitchers and staff.
d’Arnaud is hitting .345 with a .412 OBP this spring.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:I was a little surprised the Mets didn’t send d’Arnaud down this weekend. I do like that the Mets want him to associate with people at the big league level – he’s close, and it’s important he feels comfortable working with the Major League staff and knows the current members of the rotation for when he is ultimately promoted. I get the sense d’Arnaud will go down soon – as important as it is for him to get acclimated with the big league staff, he also needs to work with the Triple-A pitching staff, and Zack Wheeler in particular.
The only problem I have with d’Arnaud remaining in big league camp is the risk involved. He plays an impact position (case in point: the collision he was involved with at the plate today in Jupiter), and if he gets injured and has to miss time, he will begin to accrue big-league service time (which means his arbitration/free agent clock would begin). Don’t get me wrong – I want to continue to watch d’Arnaud and there is clear value to keeping him in Major League camp for now. But I don’t want the Mets to take any unnecessary risks – either with his health or from a business perspective – when they intend to send d’Arnaud to Vegas before the end of camp anyway.