"I can’t keep giving speeches. I can’t keep giving these guys pep talks. This is the big leagues. These are men. They have to realize what they’re facing. They have to realize what it takes to play here 162 times. They know exactly what they’re looking at. They know it’s the steepest climb of their life. ...In other words, the entire team has been warned, and I don't think Collins would hesitate to cut or bench anybody from the team next season.
"As I’ve said before -- and I don’t necessarily mean young players -- there’s a lot of guys playing for jobs here, on this team. I want 25 guys next year that are willing to give me all they have 162 nights."
Half of Manny Acosta's fingernail on his left pinkie was torn off on the comebacker Tuesday night. An x-ray showed that nothing was broken, and he will be available out of the bullpen.
Following Thursday's game, Collins said that Lucas Duda could be sent to the Instructional League at the end of the season to work on playing right field.
"I still believe that’s why you have spring training. He’s played enough outfield, especially the last two years, that we’ll have time. The worst-case scenario, at the end of this year if we’re not in the postseason, we say, 'Hey, look, we’ve got to get him ready for the outfield,' I’ll send him to the instructional league for two weeks. What the heck? Let him go down there and get fly balls every day."