During last night’s 5-3 win over the Phillies, former Met Ty Wigginton barreled into Josh Thole in the bottom of the eighth on a play at the plate. Thole took a jolt to the head from Wigginton’s left shoulder.
Thole held onto the ball, preserving the 2-2 score, but it was a jarring blow to the head and as he tried to rise he went right back down. It is believed the young Mets catcher has suffered a concussion.
After lying still and dazed on the ground by home plate, Thole was finally taken out of the game and went into the dugout under his own power.
He experienced dizziness, headaches and felt hot after the collision and was examined by a Phillies doctor after the game.
Terry Collins said: “He’s hurt. He got hurt. When we got out there, the only thing he could say is, I’m real dizzy. I’m real dizzy.’
An MRI confirmed the strain and assistant GM John Ricco said of putting him on the DL, “these strains can linger. Rather than run the risk of him trying to come back too soon because he sees the team playing short, (we’ll) shut him down, let him recover and get some therapy. We’ll see where we are in 15 days.”
The Mets could call-up one of catchers Rob Johnson or Lucas May from Triple-A Buffalo. Currently, the Mets have Mike Nickeas who can fill in for Thole as well as utility man Vinny Rottino.
This is no doubt a tough break for Thole and the Mets. He was having a solid season for the team batting .287, in 27 games and had made significant improvements defensively behind the plate.
We wish him well and hope doesn’t have to miss more than the prescribed 15 days.