Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Injury Updates: Thole, Tejada, Young, Batista, Bay
Josh Thole, nearing a return to the Mets from a concussion, is slated to DH for Triple-A Buffalo tonight and catch Chris Young on Thursday morning with the Bisons.
Thole then is expected to be activated Friday. The Mets could ever-so-briefly carry three bona fide catchers, but eventually they likely will have to make a choice of whom to retain at the major league level between Rob Johnson and Mike Nickeas. Either can be demoted without being exposed to waivers.
The news is not as positive for Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) as is the case with Thole. Alderson said the shortstop, who was examined by team doctors Tuesday in Manhattan, will remain in New York getting treatment at least through Friday.
Miguel Batista's intended rehab start Tuesday with Double-A Binghamton was rained out at Reading. That outing is now scheduled for Wednesday, pushing top prospect Zack Wheeler back another day in the rotation to Thursday with the B-Mets. Batista (oblique/lower-back strain) is eligible to be activated from the DL Monday, which happens to be the next time Hefner's turn comes up. But given Hefner's generally positive performance Wednesday, it may be more logical to instead return Batista to the bullpen at that point.
Outfielder Jason Bay, on the disabled list since April 24 with a non-displaced fracture of a rib, is continuing his rehabilitation of the injury but is still limited to playing designated hitter at extended spring training in hopes of letting the injury heal completely before he plays in the field.
“If you talk to Jason, he will be the first to tell you there’s only one way he plays the outfield,” Terry Collins said. “If he goes after a fly ball and he needs to leave his feet for it, he will do that, and he’s not ready to do that yet.”