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Thole: Paternity leave?

Josh Thole #30 of the New York Mets

Josh Thole #30 of the New York Mets takes fielding practice before playing against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (May 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

With Josh Thole’s wife, Kathryn, hitting the 37-week mark on her pregnancy tomorrow, the Mets catcher is hoping the couple’s first child will come this weekend with the team at home against the Yankees.

While labor can be induced chemically to better pinpoint the birth date, Kathryn is sticking to natural methods like acupuncture in an attempt give birth at a particular time. If it doesn’t happen this weekend, Kathryn will try to slow it until the end of the Mets’ next trip — a seven-game trek through Los Angeles and San Francisco that ends July 10 for the All-Star break.

If she goes into labor before then, Thole plans to take paternity leave and be absent for three days. The couple knows they are having a boy and intend to name him Camden — not after the ballpark.

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