DETROIT -- Mets manager Terry Collins signaled for a lefty in the bottom of the seventh inning on Wednesday night, but no lefty was warming in the bullpen. So right-hander Bobby Parnell walked through the open gate and prepared to jog to the mound.
Suddenly, bullpen coach Jon Debus called him back. Collins, it turned out, had been calling for left-hander Tim Byrdak, who had not warmed up.
"The look on Bobby's face as I passed him on the warning track was priceless," Byrdak said, laughing.
Byrdak could laugh, because the Mets won Wednesday's game, 16-9, in spite of the two-run homer that Byrdak allowed to Andy Dirks. But Collins was not quite so amused by the episode, which resulted directly from a lack of communication.
Byrdak had warmed briefly an inning earlier, but threw only a handful of pitches and was cold by the time Collins called on him with two outs in the seventh. The only problem was his manager was not aware of that fact.
"I thought he was ready," Collins said. "He was not. I'll take that. It's not his fault. It's mine."