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Travis d'Arnaud, Dillon Gee rehab for Mets in minors

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud speaks with starting pitcher

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud speaks with starting pitcher Dillon Gee during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Travis d'Arnaud, making his first rehab start since suffering a fractured hand on April 19, went 0-for-3 for the Mets' Single-A Advanced affiliate St. Lucie on Wednesday.

He started at catcher and batted second in the lineup, grounding out to second in the first, third and sixth innings. Jeff Glenn replaced d'Arnaud at catcher to start the top of the eighth in a 4-1 loss to Lakeland.

In 11 games with the Mets this season, d'Arnaud, 26, hit .317 with a .356 on-base percentage and .892 on-base plus slugging percentage. His replacements - Anthony Recker, Kevin Plawecki and Johnny Monell - have hit .187 (23-for-123) with eight walks, 34 strikeouts and four home runs in d'Arnaud's absence.

First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' top draft pick in 2013, was 2-for-3 with a double for St. Lucie (22-24, T-4th place in Florida State League North, 10 games back).

Elsewhere in the minors

TRIPLE-A LAS VEGAS

(29-18, 1st place in Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern)

Tyler Pill (1-2, 7.04 ERA) gave up seven runs in four innings as Las Vegas lost to Colorado Springs, 11-1. First baseman Brandon Allen was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON

(24-22, T-3rd place in Eastern League Eastern, 5.5 games back)

Dillon Gee, days away from joining the Mets' revamped six-man rotation, struck out four in 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, two walks and three runs (two earned), taking the loss for Binghamton, which dropped a 3-2 contest to Portland.

Gee has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a strained groin. In three minor league rehab starts, Gee has struck out 16 in 16 2/3 innings, allowing 14 hits, two walks and four runs (three earned). Gee had a 3.86 ERA in five starts for the Mets before the injury.

Rightfielder Eudy Pina was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.

SINGLE-A SAVANNAH

(21-25, 5th place in South Atlantic League Southern, 6 games back)

Second baseman Jean Rodriguez was 3-for-3 with a home run, and designated hitter Jonathan Johnson went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk as the Sand Gnats beat Asheville, 7-2.

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