Travis-dAccording to ESPN.com:

Travis d’Arnaud is scheduled to participate in an extended spring training game on Tuesday with the hope that he can return to the lineup as soon as early next week.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that d’Arnaud will play five innings. If all goes well, he will head to Port St. Lucie, Florida, for a day or two and then to Triple-A Las Vegas.

“It can happen within the next five, six days,” Alderson said.

D’Arnaud has been on the disabled list since suffering a fractured pinkie on his throwing hand when he was struck by a fastball from Miami Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos on April 19.

Alderson said it was possible that d’Arnaud would return for the Mets’ series against the Padres starting on June 1. If not, the GM is hopeful that d’Arnaud will be in the lineup against the Diamondbacks in a series that begins on June 4.

Are things finally on the upswing for the Mets? It seems like there has been not one piece of good news related to this team in weeks, specifically since Wright, d’Arnaud and Blevins went down with key injuries. A return of d’Arnaud would not only strengthen the struggling offense, but would provide some stability to the pitching staff that has hit some speed bumps over the last few weeks.