MIAMI -- With Mets catcher John Buck preparing to take paternity leave in the coming days, top hitting prospect Travis d'Arnaud is a candidate to make his Major League debut on a temporary basis.
Buck may miss up to three days to be with his wife, whose estimated due date is Thursday. To replace him, manager Terry Collins said "there's a chance" the Mets could tab d'Arnaud -- ranked third on the Mets' Top Prospects list -- who recently advanced to Double-A Binghamton in his rehab from a broken left foot.
But Collins was unwilling to commit to that, citing Triple-A Las Vegas catchers Juan Centeno and Francisco Pena as alternative options. d'Arnaud, who has been on the Triple-A DL since breaking his foot in April, will be up in September regardless of what happens with Buck.