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Mike DiFelice


DiFelice was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk by the Mets on Friday to replace injured catcher Ramon Castro, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.


DiFelice has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk by the New York Mets, replacing veteran catcher Mike Piazza, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a broken bone in his left hand. In six games with the Mets earlier this season, DiFelice went 0-for-8 with two strikeouts.


With Ramon Castro returning from a strained quadriceps muscle, the New York Mets have designated DiFelice for assignment to make room on the active roster. During his short stay with the Mets, DiFelice went hitless with two strikeouts in eight at-bats.


The New York Mets have purchased DiFelice's contract from Triple-A Norfolk. The veteran catcher will take over as starter Mike Piazza's primary backup while Ramon Castro spends at least the next two weeks recovering from a strained right quadriceps muscle. With the minor league club, DiFelice was batting .276 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 28 games (98 at-bats).

DiFelice was with the Florida Marlins in spring training, but asked for and was granted his release just prior to the start of the regular season. He then inked a minor league deal with the Mets. His playing time behind Piazza likely will be limited, but he should see at least one start per week.