Travis d’Arnaud has hit his stride at the plate.
In yesterday’s 4-3 win over the Cubs, d’Arnaud finished 2-for-3, including a game-changing two-run single against ace Jake Arrieta.
Including his three-hit game on Monday against the Nationals, d’Arnaud is hitting .471 (8-for-17).
“He certainly lengthens our lineup,” second baseman Neil Walker said.
But manager Terry Collins indicated that he might want the catcher to get more at-bats under his belt before moving him up in the batting order. Since returning June 21, d’Arnaud has not batted higher than seventh, even in a lineup that has been ravaged by injuries.
“It took some time to slow things down,” said d’Arnaud, who was sidelined for nearly two months with a strained right rotator cuff. “You can come back up here and your energy is so high that I kind of got jumpy and tried to do too much instead of just keeping things simple.”
Behind the plate, d’Arnaud’s throws generally have been strong, the product of a new strengthening regimen he has adopted to promote full range of motion in his shoulder.
D’Arnaud initially injured the shoulder while making a throw in a game against the Indians, though he played through the issue for a week before reaggravating it in a game against the Reds April 25.
“You’ve seen the arm strength back,” Collins said. “Those are all steps forward. We still want to make sure he has enough rest that we don’t overdo it to where that shoulder flares up again.”
D’Arnaud is scheduled for a day off Sunday, with backup Rene Rivera slated to catch Noah Syndergaard.