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Thole welcomed back from paternity leave

Josh Thole #30 of the New York Mets

Josh Thole #30 of the New York Mets celebrates his game tying eighth inning RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. (July 20, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Josh Thole was back in the Mets’ clubhouse Wednesday accepting hugs and handshakes from his teammates.

There were no words to describe the whirlwind of the past 48 hours. Once you become a parent, you understand, he said.

The catcher was activated from the paternity leave list yesterday after Thole’s wife, Kathryn, gave birth to the couple’s first child, son Camden Duncan, at 8:41 p.m. Tuesday. Thole’s run-scoring single tied the score at 5 in the eighth inning against the Cardinals.

Infielder Ruben Tejada was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. The team said on Tuesday it would send Tejada down with the return of Jose Reyes from the disabled list, but catcher Mike Nickeas couldn’t make it from Syracuse to replace Thole.

Thole said he surprisingly got some sleep during his first night of fatherhood.

“Actually he slept real good last night. He did,” he said of his son, who weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces. “So I don’t know, I hope he’s not setting us up. He woke me up at 4 o’clock and came in and laid down with me a little bit and then fell right back asleep.

“ . . . After watching what my wife went through yesterday, no medication, nothing like that, I thought catching the knuckleball should be a piece of cake . . . ,” Thole said.

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