Mets place Josh Thole on 7-day concussion disabled list

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As expected, the Mets placed catcher Josh Thole on MLB’s new 7-day disabled list Tuesday evening following his collision at home plate Monday with the Phillies’ Ty Wigginton. Thole must either return in seven days or be disabled for an additional week.

Veteran Rob Johnson was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding roster move to provide depth behind fill-in backstop Michael Nickeas.

Thole is batting .284/.356/.370 with one home run, four doubles, six runs scored and seven RBI through his first 92 plate appearances this season. The Mets aren’t sure yet how severe the 25-year-old’s concussion might be, but it certainly looked bad.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.