Mets Demote d’Arnaud

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by Ed Tsunoda on June 8, 2014

The Mets have sent prized prospect and starting catcher Travis d’Arnaud back down to the minor leagues. d’Arnaud who has struggled offensively was hitting .180 so far this season. He has been reassigned to AAA Las Vegas. d’Arnaud and top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard were the primary returns on the RA Dickey trade.

“I’ve just got work to do,” d’Arnaud said. “I’ve got to find my swing, just get it back.”

Over the course of a 46-second interview late Saturday night, a visibly distressed d’Arnaud repeated that sentiment three times in response to three questions.

“He’s upset, and I think he’s upset at himself,” said third baseman David Wright, who spoke to d’Arnaud shortly after the demotion. “But I think that it’s a bump in the road. What I told him is that you can’t think of this as a failed opportunity, or that now people think less of you in the organization. It’s a bump in the road, and a lot of really, really good players go through this when they’re first brought up.”


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