Nearly 21/2 years have passed since the Blue Jays sent Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard to the Mets in a blockbuster trade for Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey.
But neither d'Arnaud nor Syndergaard harbor any ill will toward the Blue Jays, the winners of 11 straight games. They arrive at Citi Field Monday for the first of four consecutive meetings, the second two in Toronto.
"It's just another start," Syndergaard said Sunday before the Mets rallied to beat the Braves, 10-8. "I didn't see it as they traded me because they didn't like me. I saw it as that they were looking at the present and not the future."
During his career, d'Arnaud also has been traded by the Phillies. To this day, the catcher says meetings with the Phillies carry added weight. He expects the same to hold true for the Blue Jays.
"I know every time I play the Phillies, I get a little excited," d'Arnaud said. "I'm assuming that tomorrow and the next three days after that, I might have a little extra energy. I might not need a pre-workout before that game."
In a surprising move, the Mets optioned backup catcher Anthony Recker and kept rookie Kevin Plawecki, who will remain on the roster while d'Arnaud is eased back into regular duty.
But the Mets believe keeping Plawecki around might be worthwhile because d'Arnaud has only recently come off the disabled list.
The Mets intend to re-evaluate once d'Arnaud is ready to resume a regular workload.
Ruben Tejada went 1-for-4 with a double in his return from paternity leave. To make room on the roster, the Mets optioned infielder Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas . . . Lefty Sean Gilmartin tossed two scoreless innings in relief for his first major-league victory.
With a weary bullpen in need of short-term help, the Mets intend to promote 22-year-old righthander Akeel Morris before Monday's game against the Blue Jays, the team announced.
Morris will be making the jump from Class-A Port St. Lucie, where he has a 1.69 ERA with 13 saves. The Mets did not announce a corresponding move.