Update: It turns out Johnson had a big hit of his own last night to help the Buffalo Bisons to a 4-3 victory over the Gwinnett Braves. There are so many heroes on this team, they’ll have to form their own super group like the Avengers. I think Valdespin should be Iron Man because of his brash attitude and… never mind. Just try to get a series win tonight, fellas.
Original post: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported just a few minutes ago that Rob Johnson is on his way to Philadelphia today and will likely take Josh Thole’s place on the Mets 25-man roster.
Thole suffered a blow to the head last night when he tagged out Ty Wigginton on a close play at the plate. It’s still not official that Thole is going to be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, but that appears very likely at this point.
Rob Johnson actually spent all of last season in the major leagues with the San Diego Padres. In 199 plate appearances, Johnson hit .190/.259/.285 in 2011 and the year before that, in Seattle, he hit an identically dreadful .191/.293/.281 in 209 PAs. At least in Buffalo this season, Johnson has managed to hit .291/.317/.491 in 55 at-bats with two walks, six strikeouts and a pair of home runs.
Regardless of very mild Triple-A success, Johnson should only play when Mike Nickeas needs a rest. The way Nickeas stepped up and hit a big double against Jonathan Papelbon last night showed that it is his time to shine. Of course, it would be Nickeas’ time to shine even if he struck out against Papelbon, but the double will make us feel a little better about the situation.
In other lineup news, Jordany Valdespin will get the start at shortstop today. It will be interesting to see if him and Nickeas can continue playing well after last night’s heroics.