Josh Thole has been placed on the New York Mets seven-day concussion disabled list after his collision at the plate Monday night. During the Mets game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thole and Ty Wigginton collided at the plate, causing New York’s backstop to spend several minutes on the deck.
Thole’s face connected with Wigginton’s shoulder as he was protecting the plate. Wigginton, by no means a small individual, was barreling down on Thole while trying to score from third on an infield chopper. Thole protected the plate and recorded the out but he also paid the price.
At this point Thole will sit out for seven days before being reevaluated. As is the rule with the concussion DL, if Thole is unable to return after the seven days he will be forced to spend an additional week on the shelf.
We’ve seen concussions take center stage in the National Football League, but an injury to the head is scary no matter what the sport. Concussions have caused All-Star-caliber players such as Justin Morneau and Brian Roberts to miss significant time. In the case of Roberts, it could put an end to his career.
Before his injury Thole was off to a good start for the Mets this season. Over his 26 games and 81 at-bats, Thole had maintained a line of .284/.356/.370.
The Mets have recalled veteran backstop Rob Johnson from Triple-A to take over as their backup catcher. Former reserve Mike Nickeas will serve as the Mets regular behind the plate until Thole is able to return.
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