The Mets may have potentially lost second baseman Daniel Murphy to a quad injury Thursday night, but two of their already injured players took another step toward the big leagues.
Second baseman Dilson Herrera was 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-2 with a walk for Single-A Advanced St. Lucie during a 3-2 loss to Palm Beach on Thursday.
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Herrera, recovering from a left middle fingertip fracture, was playing in his first rehab game. Originally on the disabled list with a fractured hand, d'Arnaud suffered a bone bruise on his wrist during his initial rehab assignment and was shut down for a few days. Thursday was his first game back. Overall, d'Arnaud is 1-for-8 with two walks, a strikeout and an RBI in three games.
Designated hitter L.J. Mazzilli, the son of ex-Met Lee Mazzilli, was 1-for-4 with a double on Thursday and is 5-for-17 with a home run and two doubles in four games since returning from a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse.
First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' top pick in the 2013 draft, had his 16-game hitting streak snapped but still reached base, going 0-for-3 with a walk.
Righthander John Gant, making just his second Single-A Advanced start, struck out nine in eight innings, allowing five hits, one walk and two runs. Gant, a 21st-round pick in 2011, has a 1.93 ERA, 17 strikeouts and four walks in 14 innings with St. Lucie (27-27, T-2nd in Florida State League South, 9 games back).
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TRIPLE-A LAS VEGAS
(29-26, 1st Place in Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern)
First baseman Brooks Conrad homered and shortstop Matt Reynolds was 2-for-4 with a walk, but the 51s fell to Memphis, 10-9. Reynolds, who had been slumping, has a hit in each of his last four games and is 5-for-16 with a double, a home run and a walk during that span.
Vic Black, rehabbing a neck and shoulder injury, allowed two walks, two hits and four runs in 1/3 of an inning during his first Triple-A rehab appearance. Overall, he's struck out seven in 10 innings, allowing 11 hits, six walks and seven runs during his rehab assignment. Black is 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA in 11 games at three different minor league levels.
Las Vegas has lost nine games in a row and 12 of its last 14.
(26-27, T-4th place in Eastern League Eastern, 5.5 games back)
Leftfielder Michael Conforto was 2-for-4 with a double, lining the only two Mets hits of the game in a 2-0 loss to Trenton. Righthander Luis Cessa (4-4, 2.81 ERA) struck out eight in 7 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, a walk and a run.
(27-27, T-2nd in South Atlantic League Southern, 4 games back)
Third baseman Eudor Garcia, first baseman Jon Leroux and centerfielder Patrick Biondi each went 3-for-4 as the Sand Gnats beat Greenville, 4-2. Righthander Martires Arias struck out seven in four innings, allowing two hits, three walks and a run, and righthander Ricky Knapp earned the win with five innings of relief, striking out five and allowing one unearned run.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 1
(4-1, 1st place in DSL Boca Chica South)
Centerfielder Anthony Dirocie was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk, and designated hitter Tulio Garcia was 1-for-2 with three walks as the Mets beat the DSL Orioles 2, 9-6.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 2
(3-2, T-2nd place in DSL Boca Chica North)
Designated hitter Rigoberto Terrazas was 3-for-4, and first baseman Carlos Sanchez homered to lead the Mets over the DSL Yankees 2, 5-4.