Barajas returns Thursday

Rod Barajas is scheduled to rejoin the Mets on Thursday for the series finale against the Houston Astros. Barajas had been on the disabled list since July 26 with a strained right oblique muscle. Manuel said the Mets will have three catchers on the major league roster with Barajas' return, and that the pitching staff would not be affected by the manuever. The logical casualty could be Mike Hessman or Fernando Martinez.