Showing posts with label Josh Thole. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Josh Thole. Show all posts

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Rumor Mill: Mets getting close on Dickey Trade

The Mets are closing in on the trade that will send the reining NL Cy-Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays...

It's currently a 3-for-4 trade according to Sherman (all Twitter links). Dickey, Thole, and a prospect will go to Toronto for d'Arnaud, Syndergaard, John Buck, and a prospect. Sherman says the two unnamed prospects would not be elite guys. He adds that the framework could change since the Blue Jays will send the Mets money to help cover Buck's salary.

Evaluators around baseball are beyond shocked that Toronto is talking about trading d'Arnaud for a player with one year on his contract in Dickey, according to Buster Olney of (Twitter links).  The broad perception in the industry is that if the Mets pull off the deal, it's an incredible trade for them.

The combination of Syndergaard and d'Arnaud seems like an overpay by the Blue Jays unless they can get Dickey to sign an extension and also land a quality prospect in the deal, tweets Ken Rosenthal of  Rosenthal adds that he wants to see the full deal before making a judgement on it, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported yesterday that neither prospect in the deal will be an elite one.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rumor Mill: Seven Player deal with Blue Jays??

Rumor Mill:

As of this morning, the deal had four players coming to the Mets and three to the Blue Jays, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (Twitter links).

Toronto also wants a catcher back in the deal, and that could be Thole.  The Mets have discussed getting pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in the deal as well, Puma tweets.

The two teams are inching towards the finish line, a source tells Passan (via Twitter).  At least some players' medicals have been reviewed and a deal is imminent.

Jon Heyman of says the two sides have agreed that d'Arnaud can be the centerpiece of the trade after the Mets rejected a Gose/J.P. Arencibia package (all Twitter links). Once they finalize the rest of the players involved, it's believed Dickey will talk about an extension with Toronto.

It is believed from what I read that the Mets will send Pitcher R.A. Dickey, Catcher Josh Thole, and either RHP Jeurys Familia or IF/OF Wilmer Flores for Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Catcher John Buck, OF Anthony Gose, and  LHP Noah Syndergaard.... Nothing Confirmed yet!

Stay Tuned!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright's Uncertainty, Thole, Alderson, Mejia, Familia and Ramirez, Murphy, Chipper Jones vs Mets

Mets News and Notes:

In an exclusive interview with, David Wright expressed uncertainty about his future with the ballclub. He indicated he wants his next contract to take him to retirement. He also noted he would not be inclined to discuss an extension during next season -- so it's an agreement this offseason or he's headed to free agency.
“The optimism is I’m hopeful,” he said. “It’s well-documented: I’ve really enjoyed my time here. We’ve obviously gone through some tough seasons. I’m not lying. I’ve really enjoyed it. I have a lot of really close friends -- not just players or coaches or anything. Front office. Ownership. Stadium security. Clubhouse attendants. I have really a lot, a lot of close friends that I made in this organization. I enjoy it here. I enjoy New York. I feel like the fans and followers of the team really welcomed me with open arms. They’ve seen the ups and downs, obviously. And they’ve stuck right by me. And I’m appreciative.”  

Then again,  Wright said he never has been assured by Fred or Jeff Wilpon that he will remain a Met for life.

Wright recorded his 175th hit of the season on Saturday, the fifth time in his career that he’s reached that total. He’s tied for the most such seasons in Mets history with Jose Reyes, who had five from 2005 to 2011.

Josh Thole was struck in the head with a fourth-inning foul ball off Medlen's bat. Despite initial concerns, Thole appears relatively unscathed. He may have escaped with no more than a cut on the back of his right ear.

Sandy Alderson joined the Mets on Sunday for the final four games of the season. He planned to meet with Terry Collins today or tomorrow in part to discuss the fate of the coaching staff. A team source told Post beat writer Mike Puma it would be surprising for pitching coach Dan Warthen to be dismissed.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Dickey, September Call Ups, Thole, Flores, Pelfrey

Mets News and Notes:

R.A. Dickey delivered a complete game to pick up his 17th win and Ike Davis produced a two-run homer as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 3-0, Friday night.

Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto, Washington's Gio Gonzalez and Dickey share the major league lead in wins. Dickey's 190 strikeouts rank second in the NL, two behind the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. The knuckleballer's innings count (191 1/3) also trails only Kershaw (192 2/3) in the league. Dickey's third shutout this season is the most by a Met since David Cone produced five in 1992.

Dickey is now 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA against the Marlins this season. "When he makes his speech for Cy Young Award, make sure he mentions the Marlins, please," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters postgame.

Catcher Mike Nickeas and corner infielder Zach Lutz are due to rejoin the Mets today in Miami, as rosters expand. Collin McHugh will return to face the St. Louis Cardinals on Labor Day at Busch Stadium.

The Mets have not yet announced the remainder of the contingent, but Jordany Valdespin, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez would be expected to be promoted after Triple-A Buffalo's season ends Monday at Lehigh Valley.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Davis, Wright, Francisco, Hairston, Cecchini, Thole

Mets News and Notes:

Ike Davis slugged three solo homers, but Chris Young surrendered six runs in four innings and the Mets lost to the Diamondbacks, 6-3, Saturday at Chase Field.

Davis went 4-for-4 with a single and the three homers. His 13 total bases are tied for the second most in a game in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The record-holder: Edgardo Alfonzo, with 16 total bases, on three homers and two singles, in 1999. Davis' 13 total bases matched performances by Darryl Strawberry (1985), Claudell Washington (1980) and Jim Hickman (1965).

Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post projects the Mets will sign David Wright to an extension this offseason. The Mets have a team option on Wright at $16 million for 2013 right now.

Frank Francisco's planned appearance with Double-A Binghamton on Saturday was scrapped when the closer felt uncomfortable on his left side. Francisco is rehabbing from a strained left oblique, so the setback signals that it is unlikely the closer will be activated Monday in San Francisco, which appeared the intent. Told by reporters about Francisco's setback after managing Saturday's major league game, Terry Collins said he had bad news of his own to share. But, the manager added, he was in no mood to do so after the loss. Collins then downplayed the gravity of the impending announcement before reporters left the visiting manager's office at Chase Field.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Byrdak, Thole, Johnson, Nickeas, Francisco, Baxter, Hairston, Wheeler

Mets News and Notes:

Tim Byrdak clashed with Josh Thole and then pitching coach Dan Warthen after surrendering a homer to Adam LaRoche in the homestand finale. The incident helped prompt a postgame team meeting and tongue-lashing from Terry Collins. Getting the sign from the bench, Thole called for a fastball to LaRoche. Byrdak twice shook off Thole wanting a breaking ball, but the catcher continued to call for a fastball. Byrdak eventually threw a fastball over the heart of the plate -- not where Thole set up on the outside corner. LaRoche deposited the pitch into the right-field stands for a two-run homer in the seventh inning to provide the Nats with a four-run lead. In the dugout afterward, Byrdak first had an exchange with Thole, then with Warthen, the latter of which prompted David Wright to intercede. "I don't think anything can get any worse than this right now," Thole told reporters before the Mets departed for Arizona. "I can't wait to get out of here."

The Mets continued to shuffle the roster on the margins. A day after officially demoting Pedro Beato and Lucas Duda, Mike Nickeas was dispatched to Triple-A Buffalo. Fellow righty-hitting catcher Rob Johnson will replace Nickeas. Harvey this week named Johnson as being invaluable in terms of guidance in Buffalo. Johnson undoubtedly will catch Harvey's major league debut considering the Mets are facing Arizona rookie left-hander Wade Miley in the series opener at Chase Field.

Frank Francisco failed to complete an inning with Double-A Binghamton in the closer's first minor league rehab game since straining his left oblique and landing on the disabled DL June 23. Francisco surrendered three hits, including two doubles, and walked one among the six New Britain batters he faced. Francisco's rehab tour twice had been delayed -- by a cranky oblique when he was due to pitch for Class A St. Lucie, then by knee discomfort earlier this week that required a cortisone shot. Mets officials had said Francisco might need as few as two rehab appearances before being activated in Arizona, but that was before Francisco's struggles with the B-Mets on Wednesday. Alderson indicated Francisco was accompanying the B-Mets back to Binghamton, where they open a four-game series against Portland tonight.

Mike Baxter went 1-for-3 and walked twice while logging a full game in right field in Buffalo's 5-4 loss at Louisville. Baxter is now 5-for-11 in three games with the Bisons, after also playing three games with Class A St. Lucie. Baxter's two previous rehab games in the outfield in the minors had come in left field. But Duda since has been demoted, so the exposure to right field makes sense. Baxter actually has appeared in 392 minor league games in right field in his career -- far more than any other position. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mets Game Notes: Road Runs, Valdespin, Tejada, Torres, Thole, Pitching Notes, Bullpen

Mets Game Notes:

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have lost a season-high five straight games...The last time the Mets had a longer losing streak was a six game skid from September 10-15, 2011...New York is 3-7 in its last 10 games...New York suffered its fifth walkoff loss of the year last night and its second this season at Washington (Also, June 5 in a 7-6, 12-inning setback)...The Mets are 1-3 in extra innings this year.

ON THE ROAD: New York is 20-24 on the road this year...The Mets are 0-4 on their current six-game road trip and 7-7 in their last 14 games away from Citi Field...David Wright leads the majors with a .378 road batting average...The Mets are 6-8 in road series this season and 13-14-2 in overall series.

ROAD RUNS: The Mets have scored 223 runs in 44 road games, for an average of 5.07 runs per road game, the highest in the majors...New York has a .268 road batting average, the highest in the National League and the fourth-highest in the majors...New York has allowed 226 runs on the road, for an average of 5.14, the fourth most in the majors.

JORDANY VALDESPIN: Hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the ninth inning last night...Valdespin has three pinch-hits in his brief career, all have been home runs...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three other players who began their career since 1960, have had their first three pinch-hits all go for home runs: Brant Alyea, Bo Jackson and Matt Mieske...Valdespin is the only hitter in the majors this season with two go-ahead pinch-hit home runs in the ninth inning or later...Also, the last time the Mets were down 2-0 in the ninth inning and got a three-run home run to go ahead was Mike Piazza on September 16, 1998 at Houston...Research courtesy of ESPN.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay, Francisco, Familia, Santana, Thole

Here are some Mets News and Notes :

Jason Bay (concussion) is due to run and hit off a tee for team medical personnel Monday in New York, while  Frank Francisco (oblique) is scheduled to throw at distances up to 60 feet on flat ground in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the first time since landing on the disabled list during the Subway Series at Citi Field.

Jeurys Familia was charged with seven runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings as Triple-A Buffalo lost to Durham by a 12-6 score for the second straight day. After the game, Bisons manager Wally Backman did not rule out the possibility of a demotion to Double-A Binghamton for Familia.

Terry Collins was not upset Johan Santana was passed over for the All-Star Game, since it's probably best the southpaw takes it easy during the break as he gears up for the second half after missing the 2011 season. Santana is expected to start the second-half opener on July 13 in Atlanta.

Josh Thole said he would get in touch with NL starting catcher Buster Posey to offer tips on how to catch the knuckleball if Posey does not reach out first.  

Friday, June 01, 2012

Roster Moves: Catcher Josh Thole and RHP Elvin Ramirez will be Activated before Tonight's Game

According to the 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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Injury Updates: Thole, Tejada, Young, Batista, Bay

Here are some Mets injury updates from across the web:

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.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Injury Updates: Tejada, Cedeno, Thole, Young, Batista

Ruben Tejada has been out since straining the quad running to first base on May 6.

He attempted some baserunning Friday that went “so-so,” Terry Collins said, then adding “it’s not a setback.”

“He still has some point tenderness in the thigh so it has not changed,” the manager said. “When he runs the bases he said he was still uncomfortable, so they slowed him down.”

Collins said Friday that when Tejada is able to come off the DL, he will return as the starting shortstop because the club needs his hitting (he was batting .305).

But when asked about the level of concern, he said, “It didn’t heal as fast as I had hoped but that’s what every manager wants – a guy to get well fast. Anytime you have a strained muscle it may take three weeks. We were hoping we’d get him back faster but it looks like it’s going to have to run the course.”

Though the Mets don’t want him running, Tejada has been taking infield and will play DH in an extended spring training game on Monday.

Ronny Cedeno came out of Saturday’s game after drawing a walk in the eighth inning, feeling a cramp in the calf. He got treatment Sunday. Of the severity of the pain he said, “I don’t feel anything (serious). After the cramp, my calf feels sore.”

Right hander Chris Young makes his fourth minor league start on Thursday for Triple-A Buffalo as he works back from last May’s shoulder surgery . . .

Catcher Josh Thole, on the 7-day DL with a concussion since May 8, will be behind the plate in an extended spring training game on Monday. . . .

Righthander Miguel Batista, on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain, will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Injury Updates: Josh Thole, Jason Bay Head to St. Lucie for Rehab Stint

A trio of injured Mets are edging closer to returns, with catcher Josh Thole and outfielder Jason Bay both traveling to Florida on Monday to ramp up their rehab.

Thole, who has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a concussion, will begin baseball activities this week at the team's Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He could appear behind the plate in a Minor League game by early next week.

"He's accomplished all of the running and the biking to get the blood pressure to see if there's any headaches," manager Terry Collins said. "There's none. So now we'll start the next stage."

Bay also left for Florida on Monday after testing his fractured left rib with soft-toss swings in Toronto and Pittsburgh. Bay will take regular batting practice for the first time Wednesday, putting him on track for a return around the end of the month.

Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who has been on the DL since May 7 with a right quad strain, has already been in Florida for more than a week. Tejada increased his running program Monday and, barring any setbacks, could rejoin the Mets as soon as this weekend.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Josh Thole says he is feeling better, might start light exercises soon

Josh Thole returned to Citi Field Tuesday for the first time since suffering a concussion in Philadelphia last week, bringing news both positive and alarming: The catcher has been symptom-free since Friday, but estimated that he has already suffered three or four concussions in his professional career.

“I don’t know the grading system of a concussion, but I got whacked pretty good in ’07 and ’08,” said Thole, 25. “The one in 2007 I think was more significant, just because I had vomiting and stuff like that. In 2008, it was more whiplash than anything, but I think it was still graded a concussion.”

The catcher, on the seven-day disabled list, hoped to be cleared for light exercise shortly. he also expressed optimism that this concussion was not severe. Still, he stressed caution, and mindfulness of the potential severity of head injuries.

“It’s something that you don’t want to rush back into,” he said. “You want to definitely build back up. You just want to listen to what the doctor has to say.”

Collins said that Thole would need at least one minor league rehabilitation game before re-joining the team, but that might not come this week.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Josh Thole Heading to New York for Evaluation (Concussion)

According to the New York Daily News, Josh Thole is expected back in New York today for evaluation after possibly suffering a concussion during a home-plate collision with Ty Wigginton in the Mets’ 5-2 victory over the Phillies last night.

Wigginton was attempting to score from third base on Freddy Galvis’ chopper to mound in the eighth inning. After Thole received Bobby Parnell’s throw, Wigginton lowered his left shoulder and made contact with the catcher’s head.

Thole eventually walked off the field after he lay motionless for about two minutes. Thole was examined by a Phillies team physician and was said to be alert, but experiencing dizziness.

“Ty Wigginton, I’m surprised he didn’t crush [Thole], to be honest,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

All indications are the Mets will place Thole on the seven-day disabled list for concussions and summon a catcher — either Rob Johnson or Lucas May — from Triple-A Buffalo before tonight’s game.

Mike Nickeas replaced Thole last night and delivered a key double in the team’s ninth-inning rally against Jonathan Papelbon.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Matchup Report: Roy Halladay vs Mets - Except Thole, Mets don't hit Halladay well

New York Mets Career statistics vs. Roy Halladay
Mike Baxter2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jason Bay25 6 1 0 2 4 1 9 .240 .296 .520 .816
Ronny Cedeno6 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .333 .500
Ike Davis19 4 1 0 0 1 1 5 .211 .250 .263 .513
Lucas Duda6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Scott Hairston6 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .333 .429 .333 .762
Daniel Murphy6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .167 .333
Josh Satin1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ruben Tejada8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Josh Thole16 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 .438 .438 .500 .938
Andres Torres7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143 .286
Justin Turner2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
David Wright21 3 1 1 0 1 1 11 .143 .182 .286 .468

Mets come into Philly having to face The Ace,  Roy Halladay. The Mets are batting a COMBINED .208 LIFETIME VS HALLADAY. Only Josh Thole has been on the positive side against him, hitting a outstanding .438 (7 for 16).

Mets have to grind this one out and hope that Jon Niese is as good pitch for pitch with Halladay... LGM!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Video: Mets give their favorite memories of Gary Carter

David Wright, Josh Thole and Tim Teufel give their favorite memories of Gary Carter.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Catcher Josh Thole out with bone bruise, hopes to be with Mets on Friday

Josh Thole is in pain, but hopes to be with the Mets on Friday.

The catcher left New York’s 7-5 win over the Florida Marlins in the second inning Thursday night because of a bone bruise on his left wrist.

Thole was hit when he was crossed up on pitch selection during an at-bat against Emilio Bonifacio in the second inning. He said he expected a slider but Miguel Batista, making his first start for New York, threw a fastball.

Thole stayed in his crouch until a Mets trainer and manager Terry Collins went out to check on him. He fell to his knees after trying to squeeze the trainer’s hand.

Thole was wearing a black brace on his hand after the Mets’ 7-5 victory. He said X-rays were clear and he will remain in New York to be examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Friday, where he will have an MRI, while the team goes to Washington. Thole hopes to join the team after that.

“It was pretty painful. I dislocated my thumb in 2009 and this was worse,” Thole said.

Mike Nickeas replaced Thole and had an RBI single in the eighth.

Also, the Mets said Ruben Tejada had a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, one of two times he was hit Friday.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Reyes, Izzy, Pelfrey

Jose Reyes:

Jose Reyes has not resumed workout activities since landing on the disabled list last week with a strained left hamstring, making it highly unlikely the shortstop will return when eligible on Aug. 23.

Though manager Terry Collins expects his shortstop to begin working out soon, it will take some time before Reyes can participate in full baseball activities and work back into game shape. When he strained a different part of the same hamstring earlier this season, he missed close to three weeks.

Reyes, who did not accompany the Mets on their West Coast road trip, was batting .336 prior to his injury. He still leads the National League in batting average, triples and runs scored, while ranking second in hits and stolen bases. As long as Reyes returns by September, he should still amass more than enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Paulino to see more action behind the plate

Josh Thole's numbers are getting ugly.  After a fine first week of the season, Thole has since fallen into a six-week funk with a .172 average, a .245 on-base percentage and a .204 slugging percentage.

Over his last 31 games, he has recorded three extra-base hits. Over his last 17 games, he has one.

As a result, Thole is no longer the Mets' unquestioned starting catcher. Manager Terry Collins said on Sunday morning that he plans to give Ronny Paulino a string of consecutive starts at the position, in large part to give Thole time to clear his head and work on his swing.

"I thought about it last night, thought about it this morning," Collins said on Sunday. "Josh is still going to play. He's still going to get a number of at-bats. I just want to make sure we try to keep them both as sharp as possible."

There is reason to believe that Paulino, a career .274 hitter with staggering numbers against left-handed pitchers, can give the Mets some additional pop with sluggers David Wright and Ike Davis both on the disabled list. So far this season, Paulino has been playing only against lefties and, more recently, on days that Mike Pelfrey was the team's starting pitcher, such as on Sunday.

But Paulino will become the first-string catcher for this week's games in Chicago, despite the fact that the Cubs plan to deploy right-handed starters on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We've talked about it and talked about it, so we're going to play him a couple days and give him some consistent at-bats," Collins said.

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