Thole on Reyes departure

December, 5, 2011
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Josh Thole learned about Jose Reyes' defection from the catcher's wife, who received a text from a friend. Now, he will have to try to throw out Reyes 18 times a season as an opposing player.

"When Jose got on base, we were scoring as a team," Thole said Sunday night. "It happened night in and night out when that happened. Now we're going to have to find a way to defend against it -- keep him close. I guess I really haven't thought that far yet, but it's definitely going to be a challenge for us.

"Any time you lose a guy of that caliber, it definitely is going to hurt. But I think we've got the guys to fill in, to kind of fill the void."

How will Ruben Tejada fare as Reyes' successor?

"We saw what Ruben can do -- get on base," Thole said. "And as he grows, as the years go on, there's a good chance he could be a Jose Reyes. But to lose a guy like that definitely hurts. I think you get Ruben consistently going and really find out what his role is as far as teaching him to get on base, steal bases, I don't think it will be a problem at all."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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