PHOENIX -- By the time the Mets touched down in the desert late Wednesday night, manager Terry Collins said, the clubhouse discord that surfaced earlier that day at Citi Field had evaporated.
"It ended yesterday," Collins said prior to Thursday's opener against the D-backs. "We certainly dealt with it. The appropriate things have been said between everybody, and we're going to move on."
The incident in question stemmed from an argument between catcher Josh Thole and reliever Tim Byrdak, who jawed at each other in the dugout following an on-field disagreement about pitch selection. Byrdak later apologized to Thole, though Collins did not take issue with the argument itself; the manager was more irked that the two fought publicly, in plain view of television cameras.
"You want to come in and throw a tantrum in my office, kick stuff, throw stuff around, fight, whatever you want to do," Collins said. "It's got to be done in here. It can't be done out there."