Hathaway Could Miss Rest of Season

The Cyclones got mixed results from the test results on catcher's Aaron Hathaway's left thumb. The good news was no break of the bone, no tear of the ligaments and no tear of the tendons took place. As a result it was diagnosed as a sprain left thumb and he is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

The bad news is that time period brings them up to the end of the season. Just two weeks remain until the end of the regular season, plus another week of possible playoff action .

Hathaway suffered the injury Monday night during the sixth inning of the Cyclones 5-4 loss to the Aberdeen IronBirds. With Rob Marconi on third base, CJ Smith flied out to right fielder Caleb Stewart, who made a one hop throw to Hathaway at home plate. Hathaway caught the ball in his glove on the hop, and subsequently turned around to tag Marconi, who would have been out. However, Hathaway extended his hands out away from his body, in front of home plate and Marconi ran into Hathaway causing the ball to bounce out of the catchers' glove.

Hathaway originally bended down with his hands over his knees and appeared to be in some pain, however quickly got up and went behind the plate to resume catching. Hathaway would catch the rest of the inning and did not appear to be in any pain, however when he got to the dugout he could not hold the weight of the bat in his left hand, which forced the manager to remove him from the game. Hathaway immediately left the stadium for X-rays on his thumb.

Hathaway, the Mets 4th round pick in the 2004 draft, was batting just .210 with 11 runs batted in 35 games with the Cyclones. However Hathaway was just as valuable as any member of this team. He has a gun of an arm, which keeps the base runners honest. Hathaway has thrown out 22 would be base stealers, and has picked off a handful of runners leaning too far at first base. Hathaway needed to play just nine more games as a catcher to tie Tony Piazza for the most games played as a catcher for the Cyclones.

With Hathaway out you could expect to see many more base runners take off and steal, especially when some of the Cyclones pitchers, who are slow to the plate are on the mound.

"We have some guys on the staff that the opposing team could easily steal off" said manager Tony Tijerina. "With Aaron behind the plate, he cut down that difference with his plus arm strength."

No roster move has been made regarding adding another catcher to the roster yet. Tijerina said he will platoon Stacey Bennett and Danilo Reynoso, and see if he could catch a hot hand from one of them.

Reynoso, who has struck out 17 times in 36 at bats, is batting a .194 heading into Wednesday's night game. Bennett who started Wednesday's night game, is batting a .116.

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