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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Battered Mets : Mike Nickeas on the roster for Niese, Paulino has injured toe..

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Mike Nickeas joined the Mets for Wednesday's matinĂ©e series finale against the Phillies. Nickeas, a catcher, officially takes the roster spot of Jon Niese.

Niese officially has a right intercostal strain, and he hopes to return this season. Scott Hairston (oblique) will be active, at least technically, for the game at Citizens Bank Park but should land on the DL before Friday's game.

Ronny Paulino has an injured toe that may be broken, necessitating a third catcher. An initial X-ray was inconclusive, so Paulino will have another X-ray Thursday. The expectation is Paulino would stay active to pinch-hit, but probably he will need a runner. Paulino suffered the injury on a foul ball while catching.

Hairston and Niese traveled to New York before Wednesday's game.

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