Mets' Travis d'Arnaud likely to return next week

Baseball Travis d’Arnaud, one of the Mets' leading hitters (.317/.356/.537) in the season's early going, caught five innings and went 1-for-3 at t

he plate in an extended spring training game Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., his first game action since breaking the little finger on his right hand April 19.His return to the Mets — with a rehab stop at Triple-A Las Vegas in between — is expected to come during next week's road trip that begins Monday in San Diego, the New York Post reported. When d’Arnaud is activated, top prospect Kevin Plawecki will likely be sent down to Las Vegas, Newsday reported.“We all know that Travis is on the road back,” manager Terry Collins said, according to the Post. “But let’s not put any dates on it just yet. We’ve had too many interruptions along the way, so we’ve just begun." Plawecki (.214/.247/.321) was in the Mets lineup for Tuesday's win over the Phillies but had sat out the previous two games.“We need [Plawecki] to play as well as he has been playing," Collins said. "We hope the energy level is back up there where he feels he gets a little strength back because I know he’s probably been beaten down. But he can’t worry about it, next week or two weeks.”