WASHINGTON -- Josh Satin was trying to get dressed quietly in the Mets' dressing room about three hours before Friday's game, but the excitement could be seen in his face.

The Mets purchased the infielder's contract from Buffalo of the Triple-A International League on Thursday. Satin had a big year in the Minors, hitting .312 in 141 at-bats with Buffalo after batting .325 in 338 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton in the Eastern League, and got his long-awaited chance in the Major Leagues.

He earned the spot with his hot hitting and had heard rumors in recent weeks that something like this could happen, but he tried to put them out of his mind. Satin has played in the Minors for seven years and never made it to the Major Leagues before.

"It's just something that I've always dreamed of and always worked for," Satin said. "I'm just really happy to be here."

Satin wasn't in Friday's lineup, but his family flew in Thursday night from California and hopes to see him play this weekend.

Thole, Tejada sit out with minor ailments

WASHINGTON -- Mets catcher Josh Thole had his left wrist examined Friday, and there was no break, but he'll likely need a few days to heal before returning to the lineup.

Manager Terry Collins said before Friday's game that Thole had a "bad bruise" and that the wrist was sore and swollen, and that the catcher would probably need a few days to recover.

Thole suffered the bruise when he was crossed up on a pitch from Miguel Batista in Thursday's game against the Marlins at Citi Field. The catcher stayed in New York and was examined before coming to Washington.

"There's no break, no damage, there's just swelling," Thole said. "It's hard to squeeze. Once I get all that out of there, I'll be fine."

Mike Nickeas started Friday's series opener with the Nationals, and Collins said he's fine with using Ronny Paulino despite his broken toe.

"We'll probably play him [Saturday]," Collins said.

Collins said that if Thole would be out four or five days, then they might need to add a catcher for insurance.

In other injury news. infielder Ruben Tejada suffered a bruise on his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning Thursday. His X-ray was negative, but Collins said Tejada remained pretty sore on Friday.

Collins said the "tell-tale sign" will be how the hand feels when Tejada takes batting practice. The skipper said he believed Tejada would be taking batting practice, and they'll see what happens afterward. Justin Turner started at second base on Friday.

Herrera gives club another lefty in bullpen

WASHINGTON -- Daniel Herrera joined the Mets on Friday and will try to bolster the team's bullpen.

The 26-year old left-hander came over from the Brewers as one of the two players to be named later to complete the Francisco Rodriguez deal in July.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Herrera will give them more depth in the 'pen. Herrera could let Collins push back the effective Tim Byrdak to later in the game and be used in different capacities.

The 5-foot-6, 165-pounder appeared in two games with the Brewers this year after they claimed him off waivers from the Reds in May. He also had a 1-4 record with a 2.20 ERA in 46 games between Triple-A Louisville and Nashville.

In 115 games with the Reds and Brewwers, Herrera has a 5-7 record and a 3.94 ERA.

Worth noting

• The Mets have gotten strong efforts from their starters lately, going 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA in the past seven games. In addition, they've struck out 37 and walked 14.

• Thursday's come-from-behind win was the Mets' 27th of the season. They totaled just 21 of them all last year.

• Shortstop Jose Reyes needs more triple to reach 100 for his career.

• Entering Friday, the Mets were second in the National League and seventh in the Major Leagues with a .265 batting average. But they led the Majors with 1,048 runners left on base.