Mets could get Barajas back on Tuesday

Mets could get Barajas back on Tuesday

HOUSTON -- Mets manager Jerry Manuel said catcher Rod Barajas could return to the club Tuesday from his stint on the 15-day disabled list. Barajas has been on the DL since July 25 with a mild left oblique strain.

Barajas began a rehab assignment Thursday with the Rookie Gulf Coast League Mets and has hit .182 with a homer and three RBIs in three games. Manuel isn't worried that Barajas has not caught a full game yet.

"He's veteran enough to where he can crawl out of bed and catch," Manuel said.

Barajas hit .228 with 12 home runs before he suffered the injury. Josh Thole has started in his place.