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Injuries keep taking their Thole on Mets

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Injuries continue to pile up for the New York Mets, who placed catcher Josh Thole on the seven-day disabled list Tuesday with a concussion.

Thole was still experiencing dizziness the day after Phillies first baseman Ty Wigginton slammed into him in a collision at home plate, prompting the Mets to make a roster move prior to Tuesday's 7-4 win in Philadelphia.

"That's your buddy and your teammate," backup catcher Mike Nickeas said. "You get hit like that, it's never a good thing, but it is part of the game."

Thole is the fourth Mets starting position player to spend time on the disabled list this season, and the third currently there. In addition, third baseman David Wright narrowly avoided the disabled list in April, while starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey landed on the DL last month.

Making matters worse for the Mets is the fact that so many of those players were thriving at the time of their injuries. Though Thole had hit something of a cold patch after reaching base safely in 18 consecutive games to start the season, he was still batting .284.

Ruben Tejada was even hotter at the plate when he went down a day earlier with a right quad strain. And Jason Bay was thriving when he fractured one of his left ribs.

Regardless, the Mets know they must press on without their injured position players.

"It seems like it's the way it has been here for a while," manager Terry Collins said. "You lose key guys. No matter who sits in this chair, you've got to put somebody else in there and hope guys pick up the slack."
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