The result was a contusion on Thole's left wrist, where ball met flesh in the second inning of Thursday's 7-5 win over the Marlins. Though an X-ray revealed nothing abnormal, Thole did not accompany the Mets to Washington following Thursday's game, instead remaining in New York City for an evaluation Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He plans to fly to Washington shortly thereafter.
"Obviously all the scenarios go through your mind," Thole said. "You can't help it. You just go get it checked out and go from there."
The Mets may also be forced to play without infielder Ruben Tejada, who suffered a contusion when he was hit on the left hand by a pitch in the eighth inning. Tejada's X-ray was also negative.
"Right now, it's fine," the infielder said late Thursday evening. "I think it's good for tomorrow and the next day."
Replacing Tejada will be straightforward, considering he was already splitting time with Justin Turner at second base. But if Thole is forced to miss multiple games, it could become an issue for the Mets. Backup catcher Ronny Paulino is currently nursing a broken toe and has been limited to pinch-hitting duties, leaving New York with just one healthy catcher: Mike Nickeas.
Though Paulino laughed and said "I think I can handle that" when asked Thursday if he was healthy enough to catch a full game, manager Terry Collins said he may ask the front office for a fourth catcher should Thole's injury linger.
Recently starting regularly behind the plate due to Paulino's injury, Thole was hitting .265 with three home runs prior to his injury. Tejada, in addition to playing strong defense at both middle infield positions, was hitting .280 with a .365 on-base percentage -- second on the team behind Jose Reyes.