Collins likes Thole's comfort level with Dickey

Collins likes Thole's comfort level with Dickey

CHICAGO -- For a guy not supposed to be seeing much action, Josh Thole is certainly playing a lot.

Thole started his second consecutive game behind the plate on Thursday, days after manager Terry Collins laid out a plan to scale back his playing time in favor of backup Ronny Paulino.

Mostly, Collins said, he wanted to pair Thole with starting pitcher R.A. Dickey, much as he did with Thole and Dillon Gee in Wednesday's victory.

"R.A. Dickey last year had an outstanding season," Collins said. "Who caught him?"

For the most part, Thole did, catching 16 of Dickey's 26 starts.

"Maybe it doesn't mean anything," Collins said. "To me, it says something. R.A.'s comfortable. Josh is comfortable. I'm not sure Ronny's that comfortable catching him."