"That's why he's here," Collins said. "Guess what? It's the middle of July. It's fire time."
And so, a few hours later, Edgin got a trial by fire.
On the day he was called up from Triple-A Buffalo, Edgin made his Major League debut. When he entered the game, which was eventually won by the Braves 7-5, the Mets trailed by one run in the fifth inning. There was one out and the bases were loaded with Braves.
The first hitter Edgin faced was pinch-hitter Juan Francisco. After falling behind 2-0 to Francisco, Edgin came back to strike out him and All-Star center fielder Michael Bourn to end the inning.
"I had the jitterbugs; I had to get over them," Edgin said. "The team's in a position to win, [and I] got through that inning and stayed there."
Collins stuck with Edgin to start the sixth and he retired Martin Prado and Jason Heyward. But facing Chipper Jones, Edgin hung a slider that Jones hit into the center-field seats for his seventh home run this season.
Edgin gave up a double to Freddie Freeman and was then removed by Collins. Freeman came around to score, sullying what had been a good Major League debut.
"Bases-loaded jam, I commanded my pitches," Edgin said. "Next inning, not so much. You can draw the line right down the middle there."
Collins said he liked what he saw from Edgin.
"Very impressive, tough situation for him to come into," Collins said. "I was very impressed. He threw the ball great."