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MIAMI -- Mets manager Terry Collins did not wait long to smooth things over with closer Bobby Parnell, who was irked that Collins did not use him with a one-run lead in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Marlins.

"He just said, 'I was ready to pitch,'" Collins said. "I said, 'I know you were. That's why I love you. That's why I salute you. That's why you're the closer. But I'm not going to blow you out.'"

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Collins' concern stemmed from the fact that Parnell had thrown three innings over the previous two days, which the manager said was "asking a lot of a closer." Collins was unwilling to risk a recurrence of the minor elbow pain Parnell has experienced in years past.

"I'm just not going to blow this guy out," Collins said. "He's had some elbow [problems] -- nothing serious, but a year ago we did this and his elbow came up sore for a while. So I'm not going to do that. It's too early."

Joking that Collins had probably never seen him mad before, Parnell said he understood the decision immediately, calling his anger a natural competitive reaction.

"I understand what he said completely, and I agree with it," Parnell said. "Sometimes you don't want to hear it, and sometimes you want to be out there. But I'm thankful for it, and I appreciate what he's doing."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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