On the day that the Mets had to place Ruben Tejada on the disabled list with a right quad strain, Terry Collins and his coaching staff wasn’t looking for anymore injuries to affect their starting lineup. However, on a play at the plate in the eighth inning, the Mets will most likely have to go at least a week without their starting catcher.
Freddy Galvis hit a comebacker that was fielded by Bobby Parnell, and he fired home to prevent Ty Wigginton from scoring the go-ahead run, and even though he slid into the base, he tried to use his shoulder to pop the ball out of Josh Thole‘s glove, but instead
of his glove, his shoulder smacked Thole’s head, forcing him to the ground. He held onto the ball for the out, but New York’s starting catcher laid motionless on the ground for a few long moments, prompting trainer Ray Ramirez and Terry Collins to run out and check on Thole.
The only thing that Thole could muster while he was being examined on the field was, “I’m real dizzy.” Tests are still being performed, but it seems likely that Josh will be headed to the disabled list with a concussion. Thankfully, David Wright said that their catcher was in good spirits after the game, but that won’t take away any symptoms of his injury. There is a concussion-specific disabled list that allows players to be out of action for only a week, which Thole seems to be headed for.
Now that New York will have to make due without their starter catcher for at least the next seven days, who will play in his place? Mike Nickeas subbed in for him last night after the injury, and will assume most of the playing time. The Mets also have Vinny Rottino on the bench, but he is viewed more as a utility player than a third string catcher, so once the move to the DL is official for Thole, New York is leaning towards flying in Rob Johnson in time for tonight’s contest to serve as Nickeas’ back-up.
Thole’s presence will be missed, as he was hitting .284 with 7 RBI in 26 games this season, but Nickeas is a worthy replacement for the time being. He is known as more of a defensive-minded player, but he worked tirelessly on his offense over this winter, and the difference can be seen in his improved approach at the plate.
The injury bug continues to bite New York repeatedly; Andres Torres missed all of April, Jason Bay is currently on the DL with a fractured rib, Tejada just joined him with his quad strain, and Mike Pelfrey got Tommy John surgery last week. Unlike years past, this team has not crumbled after losing these players, but have come together to continue succeeding. Hopefully, the prognosis for Thole is an optimistic one and he is not on the shelf for very long.