Josh Thole closer to return from concussion

Josh Thole reacts after flying out to end

Josh Thole reacts after flying out to end the 8th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (May 4, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Josh Thole has been symptom-free since Friday and the Mets catcher is hoping he's on the fast track recovering from his concussion.

Thole was back at Citi Field Tuesday, preparing to see a team physician and possibly take the impact test to see if he can get cleared to get back on the field. He's eager to return, but understands his long-term health is very important, particularly since he's had at least three concussions since 2007.

"It's a wait-and-see type of thing right now, not only in baseball but in other sports," said Thole, who was injured May 7 in a home-plate collision with the Phillies' Ty Wigginton. "I think it's something that you don't want to rush back into. You want to build back up and you really want to listen to what the doctors say."

Thole, who plans on wearing a hockey-style mask when he returns behind the plate, said he hasn't had any headaches since Friday and has "been good ever since." He thinks he'll be able to begin baseball activities soon, but neither he nor manager Terry Collins are certain what his rehab schedule will be.

"I would imagine he'd go get some at-bats someplace," Collins said. "But I'm not sure what the doctors even have in store. It might be just to get him out there, even if it's only one game to go and see how he feels. Obviously, build up his blood pressure, get some movement around and see how he comes out of it."

 

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Collins said backup catcher Rob Johnson, nursing a left thumb injury, was feeling "better today, much better today." . . . Jenrry Mejia yielded one run and struck out seven for Class A St. Lucie in his latest rehab start Monday. Mejia, who had Tommy John surgery exactly a year ago Wednesday, is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his two rehab starts, allowing three runs in 11 innings, striking out eight and walking two.

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