Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 6/1/12
The Mets announced yesterday that Josh Thole would be returning to the Mets on Friday. Thole last appeared in the majors on May 7th, when he suffered a concussion after a home plate collision with ex-Met Ty Wigginton. Thole was immediately removed from the game and later placed on the new 7-day DL for concussions. He ended up missing 24 days. The Mets were 14-8 (.636) when Thole starts a game. Since he’s been on the DL, the Mets are 12-10 (.545). Thole has a .726 OPS this year. In his absence, backups Mike Nickeas (.382 OPS) and Rob Johnson (.715 OPS) have held down the fort with mixed results. Now the question remains which catcher gets sent down to make room for Thole. Nickeas started the season as Thole’s backup, largely due to his defensive reputation. But the results have been better for most of the starters with Thole behind the plate. Three of the four main SP have a better ERA with Thole behind the plate so far in 2012. They are: Jonathon Niese – 3.74 ERA w/Thole; 5.08 ...
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