Thole absence to exceed week

May, 8, 2012
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Sandy Alderson said Josh Thole certainly will miss more than a week despite being placed on the seven-day DL with a concussion.

In fact, Alderson said, Thole is under orders to remain idle for at least the next week if not more before resuming any activity. The GM said doctors cited multiple concussions in Thole's past.

"Based on what we know now, I don't expect him back after seven," Alderson said. "It could be somewhat longer than that."

Alderson added that he misspoke pregame in saying a player placed on the seven-day DL had to remain on the DL for intervals of seven days. The GM clarified it to say Thole must stay on the DL a minimum of seven days, although he can rule-wise remain on for eight, nine, 10 or any number beyond that before being activated.

"But the way it looks right now, I don't expect him back after seven days," Alderson said. "... He's had other concussions. And just based on the doctor's evaluation, he's basically been consigned to no activity for a period of time. As a result, I don't think he'll be back in seven days. ... The initial prescription from the neurologist is no activity -- and no activity for somewhat longer than seven days."
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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