Outside of the starting pitching, it's fair to say the Mets are deepest at catcher. Since being called up to replace injured Travis d'Arnaud, top prospect Kevin Plawecki has shown enough behind the plate and at bat to give the Mets confidence in his promising major league future.

But Terry Collins Wednesday suggested Plawecki likely will be on his way back to Triple-A Las Vegas when d'Arnaud returns in 10 days to two weeks from his fractured pinky finger.

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Assessing Plawecki's pro- gress, Collins said. "He's done great. He's caught the ball very well, he's blocked the ball very well. He works very hard at what he does. His pre-game is outstanding."

Plawecki has hit well at Citi Field (.281 coming into last night), and has a .400 average with runners in scoring position (6-for-15). But when asked if there's room for both when d'Arnaud returns, Collins said, "That's going to be a tough call. When Travis comes back, you're looking at guys that both should be playing, and that's hard to do when only one of them can be out there."

No rest for Cuddyer

Collins said he considered resting Michael Cuddyer last night before a day game but stuck with the same lineup because of the importance of the Cardinals series . . . Pitchers Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin, both of whom are recovering from season-ending Tommy John surgery, were scheduled to undergo examinations Thursday . . . Dillon Gee (groin strain) is scheduled to make a rehab start Thursday for Port St. Lucie at Dunedin . . . Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia (0-0) will make his first start of the season Thursday since coming off the disabled list. He's facing Jacob deGrom (4-4).