Thole put on 7-day DL, Rob Johnson on roster

The Mets have placed catcher Josh Thole on the 7-Day Disabled List with a concussion and selected the contract of Rob Johnson from Triple-A Buffalo.

To make room for Johnson on the 40-man roster, Pedro Beato was transferred to the 60-Day Disabled List.

Thole left Monday night’s game against the Phillies in the eighth inning after a collision at home plate with Ty Wigginton.

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May 8, 11:41 am: According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, “Thole is traveling to New York to be examined by Mets doctors and is not expected to be at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night,” as they work to determine if he suffered a concussion.

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May 7, 11:30 pm: Following the game, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Thole was being evaluated for what appeared to be a concussion, adding

[jbox color=”white”]”He’s with the doctor and trainers right now. They are looking at all the protocols that are in place for evaluating to whether he had a concussion or not. He’s alert and I was talking to him, but he’s still undergoing evaluation for that. …He said he was a little bit dizzy, he was a little bit hot. I really didn’t get into any of the details with the doctor. I let him do his job.”[/jbox]

Ricco indicated Thole would likely be back to New York for further evaluation.

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It’s worth noting, in the last CBA, MLB added a seven-day disabled list for concussed players.

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Matthew Cerrone: It was a clean hit. We all know Wigginton plays hard. He dipped his shoulder on his slide home and whacked Thole in the chin, knocking Josh’s helmet off and sending him to the ground. It looked bad at first, but Thole got up and was able to walk off field without help. But, he was clearly shaken. Frankly, given his past, I’m surprised Thole didn’t just bowl Josh over head on.

In this day and age, I see no way Thole isn’t at least put on that 7-day DL and temporarily replaced on the roster by one of Triple-A C Rob Johnson or Lucas May the alternative. He should be re-examined and re-examined. He’s a catcher… better safe than sorry.