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Travis D'Arnaud optioned to minors; Matt den Dekker breaks wrist

TRAVIS D'ARNAUDCatcher, MetsD'Arnaud was the key figure in

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D'Arnaud was the key figure in the R.A. Dickey deal and should fill a big hole behind the plate for the Mets at some point. He's seen his star drop a little due to injury -- he tore his PCL late last year -- but has a strong bat and is solid defensively. Credit: AP

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson just briefed the media with a few updates:

1. Catching prospect Travis d'Arnuad has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas but not before the general manager heaped praised on the centerpiece of this winter's R.A. Dickey trade.

"I know people talk about control and Super Two and all of that," Alderson said. "If John Buck gets hurt tomorrow, Travis d'Arnaud is the frontline catcher."

It's a strong indication of how highly the Mets view d'Arnaud. The Mets somewhat revealed their thoughts on d'Arnaud by keeping him in minor league camp for so long. Had he been injured in the last week and missed the beginning of the season, d'Arnaud would have earned major league service time. Under those circumstances, he would have earned Super Two status.

Said Alderson: "He met all of our expectations, which I think for the organization and Mets fans, were fairly high."

2. Centerfielder Matt den Dekker broke his right wrist, X-Rays revealed today, and he's being sent back to New York to determine whether the injury will require surgery. Of course, den Dekker's timeline would change if he needs a procedure.

3. The Mets outrighted Brandon Hicks. They also reassigned Andrew Brown, Jamie Hoffman, Brian Bixler and Aaron Laffey to minor league camp.

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