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A night removed from welcoming his son Camden into the world, Josh Thole returned to Citi Field Wednesday and was activated by the Mets. He missed Tuesday night spent to attend the delivery and was placed on the paternity list by the team.
To make room for Thole's return, the Mets optioned infielder Ruben Tejada to Triple-A Buffalo.
Thole described his son's birth as "unexplainable" when talking to reporters before Wednesday's game.
He was happy to be by the side of his wife, Kathryn, during the delivery.
"Catching the knuckleball should be a piece of cake compared to what she went through," Thole said with a laugh.
Camden surprisingly slept well on Tuesday so Thole said he got a decent night's sleep.
"I hope he's not setting us up," he quipped.
The 24-year-old added that Camden was a name both he and his wife agreed on before the child's birth.
Thole will catch R.A. Dickey on Wednesday. He is hitting .253 (50-198) with 10 doubles, one home run and 21 RBIs in 68 games for the Mets this year.
Tejada batted .250 (42-168) with four doubles and 19 RBIs in 52 games this season with the Mets.
PARNELL IMPRESSES: Terry Collins was impressed with Bobby Parnell's composure during the eighth inning on Tuesday. Parnell got into and out of trouble by inducing an inning-ending double play off the bat of Albert Pujols, made possible by a spectacular effort by Jose Reyes.
Collins saw Parnell's velocity increase in the Pujols at-bat to as high as 100 mph, which made his slider all the more effective.
The manager described the outing as a "big step."
"I think he got a lot out of it," Collins said of Parnell, who is one-third of the Mets' closer-by-committee approach in place after the K-Rod trade.
He also noted that Parnell's last two outings have come against the heart of the Cardinals' and Phillies' lineups.
Parnell, whom Collins referred to as the franchise's future closer, didn't allow an earned run and gave up two hits in two innings of work in the outings.
"I just think they're all stepping stones to get him ready for the ninth inning," Collins said.
Josh Thole CatcherNew York Mets Profile 2011 Season Stats GM HR RBI R OBP AVG 69 1 21 14 .343 .253 A night removed from welcoming his son Camden into the world, Josh Thole returned to Citi Field Wednesday and was activated by the Mets.