CHICAGO - If all goes according to plan, Mets catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud should be ready to play in minor-league games by the end of June, general manager Sandy Alderson said.
D'Arnaud visited with doctors in New York on Friday, and the Mets hoped he would be cleared for increased activity. Instead, his left foot must remain in a boot for at least two more weeks. He has yet to be cleared for weight-bearing activity.
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D'Arnaud, 24, suffered a non-displaced fracture in the foot April 17. The catcher came to the Mets as one of the major pieces in the trade that sent Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays.
At the time of his injury, d'Arnaud was hitting .250 with one homer and eight RBIs for Triple-A Las Vegas.
First baseman Ike Davis snapped an 0-for-24 skid with a sixth-inning single in the Mets' 3-2 victory over the Cubs. He was 1-for-4 to raise his average slightly to .160.
Davis is expected to bat in the cleanup spot Saturday against Cubs righthander Scott Feldman. But manager Terry Collins said he might explore other options for Davis if his struggles continue past this weekend, including making Davis part of a straight platoon at first base or dropping Davis to fifth in the order.
"Hopefully,'' Collins said, "it's not a discussion.''
Wheeler on deck
Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler will start Wednesday at Triple-A Las Vegas, his first outing since an exam earlier this week revealed mild inflammation in the AC joint at the top of his right shoulder.
In a strictly procedural move, Wheeler was put retroactively on the seven-day disabled list.