NY Daily News, Mets Catcher Josh Thole was in route to New York Thursday in anticipation of roster moves before Friday’s game.
Thole, who has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a concussion, caught Thursday for Triple-A Buffalo and went 1-for-4. The Mets won’t announce corresponding moves until Friday, but they presumably will not carry three full-time catchers, so either Rob Johnson or Mike Nickeas likely will be demoted.
The Mets also will promote Elvin Ramirez, a righthanded pitcher who has strong numbers in the minors this season at two levels in the Mets’ system and perhaps can help a relief corps that has the worst bullpen ERA in the majors at 5.45. That’s nearly a run worse than that of the Phillies, whose bullpen ERA is second-to-last at 4.64.
Ramirez started the season at Double-A Binghamton, but was promoted to Buffalo after recording a 1.38 ERA in eight games. At Triple-A, he’s been even better — he has not given up a run in 142⁄3 innings over 11 appearances and has a WHIP of 0.41. He has struck out 19 while walking only one. The 24-year-old Dominican did not pitch in 2011 because of a shoulder injury.