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Wright, Collins on same page after dispute

Wright, Collins on same page after dispute

Wright, Collins on same page after dispute
NEW YORK -- The issue wasn't dead until they buried it.

Both David Wright and manager Terry Collins had to address their roles in a dugout dispute on Wednesday, and this time they appeared to be on the same page. Both Wright and Collins said they have moved on from Tuesday night's dispute, which occurred in an 8-0 loss to Milwaukee.

"Over and done with. It's been handled," said Wright. "There's absolutely no issue."

Wright had sounded the same conciliatory tone after Tuesday's game, but he still felt as if he had to take a stand for his teammates. The drama started in the seventh inning, when reliever D.J. Carrasco gave up a home run to Rickie Weeks and then plunked Ryan Braun with his next pitch.

Collins, who had already been planning on removing Wright from the game, decided that he wouldn't expose his third baseman to potential retaliation in a blowout loss. That spurred an argument in the dugout that was caught on camera, but Collins said Wednesday that it never got personal.

"He wasn't angry at me. He was angry at the situation," Collins said. "There was really nothing; we had to clear the air. And I'll tell you what, knowing him the way I do, I'm not surprised that he reacted the way he did. He knew it was his job to take it. He was willing to do that. I just didn't want him to get hurt."

Wright contacted Collins after Tuesday's game to make sure there were no hard feelings, but the manager elected not to share the details of their conversation. The important part, said Collins, is that the two understand each other's perspective and that they're on the same page going forward.

"Guys, I'm gonna tell you: I can put an end to this," he said. "I know exactly how he felt from the start of it and before we left the ballpark. What has happened with it -- as happens in New York City -- is this thing has been blown way out of proportion. I will tell you as I told you last night: Before that inning started, he was not getting another at-bat. I was taking him out of the game just to get him off his feet.

"When we hit the guy, then I knew that I was taking him out of the game. But because he's a professional, he knew it was his duty to go get hit if that was the case. But I just said, 'You have got to think about everything involved, and that's the rest of your teammates. I can't lose you.'"

Meanwhile, in the opposing clubhouse, manager Dusty Baker was apprised of the situation from Tuesday night's game. Baker, a former hitter himself, could appreciate it from all angles.

"That sounds like David Wright to me," he said. "That's the kind of cat you want."

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