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Mets’ Thole Returns From DL, Johnson Demoted

Schwinden Placed On Waivers, Ramirez Called-Up
Josh Thole (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Josh Thole (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) - New York Mets’ catcher Josh Thole has been activated from the disabled list.

On Friday, the Mets announced via Twitter that Thole has been reinstated from the DL and right-handed reliever Elvin Ramirez has been called-up from Triple-A Buffalo.

Thole was put on the DL after sustaining a concussion on May 7 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Before the injury, Thole was off to a fine start to the 2012 season.

On Thursday, Thole went 1-for-4 and caught a full game with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

He was batting .284 with an on-base percentage of .356 through 26 games.

The Mets also announced via Twitter on Friday afternoon that starting pitcher Chris Schwinden was designated for assignment.

Mike Nickeas will stay up with the Mets and Rob Johnson will be sent down to Triple-A Buffalo.

Nickeas’ average is .148 through 24 games, while Johnson is batting a robust .311 but has only taken part in 11 games.  It comes as a surprise that the more experienced Johnson was demoted.

Either way, the Mets and their fans are delighted to have Thole back at Citi Field.

Mets fans, how big of a boost is Thole’s return?  Let us know...