Travis d'Arnaud's long absence is about to come to an end. The Mets catcher was dispatched from Las Vegas to New York, where he's expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

The Mets have been without d'Arnaud since April 19, when he fractured the pinkie finger on his right hand. He also suffered a setback during his rehab when he suffered a bone bruise in his wrist.

Terry Collins hopes d'Arnaud will hit the ground running. "You can't have spring training," he said. "We're in the hunt right now and you can't afford to go 10 days, two weeks to wait until a guy gets ready."

His return comes as catcher Kevin Plawecki is struggling with a virus that has caused head congestion. Plawecki was scratched from the starting lineup before Tuesday night's game. He had been experiencing dizziness.

Parnell returns

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Reliever Bobby Parnell, coming back from Tommy John surgery, is 0-4 with a 12.46 ERA in 14 appearances during his minor league rehab assignment and has a .393 opponents' batting average. The Mets said he will be with the team today and will be activated in the next few days.

Draft day

The Mets drafted college baseball's leaders in batting average, homers and ERA. But Mets vice president Paul DePodesta called it little more than a "coincidence."

The team's selections Tuesday included LHP Max Wotell (third round), 3B David Thompson (fourth), LHP Thomas Szapucki (fifth), RHP Chase Ingram (sixth), RHP Corey Taylor (seventh), C Patrick Mazeika (eighth), OF Kevin Kaczmarski (ninth) and RHP Witt Haggard (10th). The Mets will complete the draft Wednesday, with rounds 11 through 40.