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Travis d'Arnaud in walking boot after fouling pitch off foot

Travis d'Arnaud looks on during a spring training

Travis d'Arnaud looks on during a spring training workout at Tradition Field. (Feb. 13, 2013) Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

DENVER - Travis d'Arnaud, the top prize acquired when the Mets traded away R.A. Dickey, is headed back to New York to be examined by team doctors after suffering a non-displaced fracture in the first metatarsal in his left foot.

The 24-year-old catcher suffered the injury when he took a foul tip off his left foot while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday night. He is wearing a walking boot to protect his foot.

General manager Sandy Alderson said on Thursday he won't have a timeline for d'Arnaud's return until after he is evaluated by medical personnel in New York on Friday.

"We'll wait until the doctors see him tomorrow," Alderson said.

In 12 games and 36 at-bats for the Las Vegas 51s, d'Arnaud is hitting .250, with five doubles, one home run and eight RBIs. His on-base percentage is .429 thanks to 12 walks.

"It's part of the game," manager Terry Collins said. "He's a catcher. Stuff happens."

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