NEW YORK -- Chipper Jones welcomed Josh Edgin to the Majors on July 13 with a home run in the Mets' reliever's big league debut. On Friday night, Dan Uggla treated the southpaw to a little bit of déjà vu.
Uggla hit a two-run home run over the fence in left-center field at Citi Field on Friday after falling behind in the count, and Mets manager Terry Collins said the shot immediately reminded him of Jones' home run off Edgin less than a month earlier.
"It's all location," Collins said. "You can't fall behind Dan Uggla 3-0 and then try to challenge him with balls in the middle of the plate. You're going to lose that more times than you're going to be successful."
As the sole left-hander in Collins' bullpen -- Garrett Olson was designated for assignment on Saturday to clear a roster spot for Johan Santana's return from the disabled list -- Edgin can no longer be utilized simply as a left-handed specialist. As such, Collins admitted before Friday's series opener that the lefty's workload will increase in the future.
Edgin has shut down left-handed hitters since joining the Mets last month, but has struggled against righties, who were hitting .318 (7-for-22) against him entering Saturday. But despite the numbers, Collins was confident that as Edgin continues to adapt to Major League hitters, those figures will improve. And as the only lefty in the 'pen, they certainly have to.
"Josh Edgin can get right-handed hitters out, he's already done it," Collins said. "He's got a very, very good slider, his changeup is very good. He's had a couple of outing when he's had to face them and his sinker's been good.
"[Uggla's home run] is all part of the learning process that goes along with Josh's development here, but he's going to be fine against right-handed hitters."