As the Mets saw Justin Turner go down with a sprained ankle in the 3rd inning of yesterday’s game against the Phillies, the Mets players currently on the disabled list made some forward steps towards being ready for MLB action soon. Josh Thole caught five innings in an extended Spring Training game, while both Jason Bay and Ruben Tejada participated in the same game as designated hitters.
Thole got behind the dish for the first time since he suffered a concussion on May 7th. The number of innings he was going to play the field wasn’t set, but New York’s starting catcher went for five innings at the position in an extended Spring Training game, as reported by the Mets official twitter. It seems that there are no ill effects from his appearance in the field, as Thole takes one step closer to returning to the Mets lineup during one of their most important stretches this season as a team.
As for Jason Bay and Ruben Tejada, both appeared in the same extended Spring Training game that Thole did, but neither played the field. According to Terry Collins, Tejada is closer to completing his rehab than Bay is, as the organization is hoping the base running drills that he is scheduled to participate in will go better than they did on Friday. If they do, he will most likely play in two more games tomorrow and Thursday in Port St. Lucie, projecting a weekend return for the young shortstop. For the time being, Omar Quintanilla will be playing short while both him and Ronny Cedeno are sidelined. While Cedeno is still on the active roster, he was only available as a pinch hitter Monday at Citi Field, as he continues to shake off his left calf sprain.
Miguel Batista will be seeing his first game action tonight since he strained a muscle in his lower back two innings into his start against the Toronto Blue Jays. He will be taking the hill for the Mets Double-A affiliate and has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 20th. As for another rehabbing pitcher, Pedro Beato threw 0.2 innings in his latest outing for Triple-A Buffalo. He’s been on the 60-day DL since he went down in Spring Training with a right rotator cuff strain; it looked as if he was headed for the minors if he didn’t get hurt in camp, but since the Mets haven’t ended his rehab and outrighted him to Buffalo yet, it looks as if he may be joining the Mets bullpen when he’s eligible to come off the DL on Sunday. Beato appeared in 60 games for New York last year as a Rule 5 pick from the Orioles, compiling a 2-1 record, 4.39 ERA, and 39 strikeouts.