Thursday, March 31, 2011
Who's the emergency catcher?
By Adam Rubin
Todd Zeile did catch two games for the Mets in 2004, but that was about nostalgia, not an emergency situation. Yet teams always prepare for their two regular catchers going down in a game by having a position player prepared to step in.
Who would that be with the Mets?
Well, Nick Evans did catch the recent bullpen session in Port St. Lucie in which Chris Capuano threw with Sandy Koufax watching. But Evans did not make the team.
So catching instructor/bullpen coach Jon Debus was at somewhat of a loss as to who would fill the role. He eventually surmised it would have to be Daniel Murphy or Chin-lung Hu ... "probably Hu," he concluded.
Debus plans to get Hu, or whomever, limited practice at some point in the near future.