Josh Thole of the New York Mets lays in the dirt with after a collision at home plate with Ty Wigginton (not pictured) of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
New York Mets catcher Josh Thole was hit by the business end of Ty Wigginton, and he's going to miss some time recovering from a concussion.
The New York Mets are a surprising 16-13, and one of the reasons why has been the offensive productivity of catcher Josh Thole. There are several other reasons as well, some of them better reasons, but over nearly 100 trips to the plate, Thole has posted a .356 OBP and a 106 OPS+. Those are numbers that mean that Thole has been all right as a hitter.
But Monday night, Thole was involved in a home-plate collision with Ty Wigginton. Ty Wigginton has the name of a guy with whom you wouldn't want to collide and he's got a body to go with the name, and even though Wigginton didn't hit Thole straight-on, his shoulder caught Thole's head and Thole went to the ground.
Thole was removed, and though he left under his own power, he experienced dizziness. He was sent for further tests, and now we know for sure that he sustained a concussion.
Thole could be back in action in a week, or he could be a lot longer than that. He'll be re-evaluated in seven days. Until then, the Mets are expected to give most of their starting nods behind the plate to Mike Nickeas, with Rob Johnson as the backup. Nickeas has a career .526 OPS in limited time in the majors. He owns a .571 OPS in triple-A. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that Nickeas is known more for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.