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Mets recall C Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo, option LHP Raul Valdes
06/24/2010 6:40 PM ET
New York -- The New York Mets today announced that they have recalled catcher Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo of the International League and have optioned LHP Raul Valdes to Buffalo. Thole will wear #30 and will be available for tonight's game vs. Detroit.

Thole, 23, was hitting .267 (44-165) with 20 runs scored, 19 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 17 RBIs in 48 games for the Bisons. The 6-1, 205-pounder was with the Mets earlier this year from May 10-15, but did not appear in a game. Thole missed seven games from June 3-10 after getting hit in the back of the head with a bat on a backswing by Syracuse's Josh Whitesell.

Since May 1, Thole has hit .318 (34-107) with 14 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 11 RBIs in 33 games with Buffalo.

He batted .321 (17-53) with two doubles, one triple and nine RBIs in 17 contests with the Mets last season.

Valdes, 32, is 2-2 with one save and a 5.10 ERA in 20 games for the Mets. In 30.0 innings, he's allowed 34 hits, 18 runs, 17 earned, with 13 walks and 33 strikeouts.

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