Left fielder Andrew Brown quickly got the ball to shortstop Omar Quintanilla, and he fired a strike to Recker, who drove a shoulder into Scutaro and delivered a hard tag.
"I've always kind of taken pride in being able to block the plate, but honestly, when that ball was coming in from [Quintanilla], I knew he had a really good shot at him, and [Quintanilla] made a great throw. I didn't want to get the short hop so I came up one or two steps to catch it on the fly. It just kind of brought me into him, so I just kept going. I probably gave him nowhere else to go. It was a good, hard-nosed play. Hopefully he's OK."
Scutaro appeared to be shaken up but remained in the game.
Recker looked like a fullback delivering a block on the play at the plate, but that wasn't his position in high school.
"Linebacker, tight end and I punted," Recker said. "Very good punter."
With the Mets, Recker has put his power to good use as a catcher and a hitter. He hit his fifth home run of the season in Tuesday's 10-6 win, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that gave the Mets a 5-3 lead. Four of his five homers this year have either given the Mets the lead or tied the game.
"He's a big, strong guy," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's done a nice job. The days he plays, he's dangerous."
Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.