Travis d’Arnaud hardly aced his audition over the last three days but showed enough ability for the Mets to believe his time has arrived.

With John Buck returning from paternity leave today d’Arnaud will remain on the Mets roster and receive the majority of playing time at catcher. To clear roster space for d’Arnaud the Mets optioned Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas following yesterday’s 6-1 victory over the Twins.

The 24-year-old d’Arnaud went hitless in three at-bats yesterday and is 0-for-7 with five walks over three games.

“One of the things we wanted to see over the three days is was he within an acceptable range of performance?” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “Certainly he demonstrated that way beyond the threshold.”

Had the Mets optioned d’Arnaud back to Las Vegas he likely would have returned in early September with the expansion of rosters.

Alderson cited the additional exposure d’Arnaud will receive to the Mets pitching staff over the next few weeks and the tutelage he can receive from catching instructor Bob Geren as secondary reasons for keeping him in the major leagues.

“I’m real excited to see John and get to work with John again” d’Arnaud said referring to Buck. “I had a bunch of questions for him [in spring training] and he was always there for me. I’m thankful for that and being here I learned these pitchers I know them a little bit and it’s an honor.”

Manager Terry Collins said he will meet with the veteran Buck today to discuss his new role.