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Travis d'Arnaud passes concussion tests, could be back soon

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud singles to right in

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud singles to right in the bottom of the second inning on Friday, April 25, 2014. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The Mets received a positive report regarding catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who may be close to coming off the seven-day disabled list for concussions.

Manager Terry Collins said d'Arnaud passed several concussion tests Wednesday and is scheduled to be re-examined by doctors Thursday, when he would be eligible to come off the disabled list. "He's already passed the impact test that we've given," Collins said. "He's passed the physical stuff that they make him go through here. Tomorrow he'll be examined by a doctor and see how he's doing. Then we'll find out what the next step is."

Concussion symptoms lingered for days after d'Arnaud was struck in the helmet on a backswing by the Yankees' Alfonso Soriano. Once cleared, Collins said he would not hesitate to play d'Arnaud, who is hitting just .196 in 31 games.

"When he's ready to play, he'll be back in there," Collins said.

Lagares returns to center

Juan Lagares rejoined the Mets after going to the Dominican Republic on Sunday following the death of his aunt.

"We were very close," said Lagares, who arrived a few hours before first pitch.

Lagares started in center a day after the Mets elected to play a man short. The Mets chose not to put Lagares on the bereavement list, which would have prevented him from playing Wednesday night. "It's good to be with the team, and try to keep doing what we do, to try to play hard and try to win," Lagares said. "I feel ready now."

Mets captain David Wright honored Leslyn Stewart of Elmont Wednesday night as part of his "The Wright Thing" initiative.

Stewart has worked extensively to support families of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Her husband, Det. Dillon Stewart of the NYPD, was killed in the line of duty in 2005.

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