Confusing play leads to replay questions for Mets

Manager Terry Collins of the Mets talks with Manager Terry Collins of the Mets talks with first base umpire Eric Cooper after a call at first base in the second inning at Citi Field on Friday, April 18, 2014. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Mets manager Terry Collins on Saturday admitted he probably should have used his replay challenge on a close play that ended the second inning in a 6-0 loss to the Braves Friday night. But there is a learning curve on the use of replay, and Collins suggested the umpires were as confused as he was by the situation.

On the play, Lucas Duda was at first base when Travis d'Arnaud hit a two-out grounder and was thrown out at first. As a precaution, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman tossed the ball to third baseman Chris Johnson, who also tagged Duda as he came into third standing up.

When Collins received information that d'Arnaud probably was safe at first, he discussed it with the umpires and was told that, even if the replay showed the runner safe at first, the inning would be over because they called Duda out at third.

"I said, 'I'm not losing my challenge on a play where the inning is already over,' " Collins said. But the manager said subsequent calls to MLB indicated the call on Duda also might have been overturned.

"Due to the camera above the ballpark, which allows you to see where the runners are, if Lucas slowed down because of the play at first base, they could have probably sent him back to second base," Collins said. "Then we would have had runners at first and second with two outs.

"Due to the fact that [replay] is so new to us, both sides didn't interpret it very good . . . So I should have been more aware that I could have had them check that baserunner, where Lucas was, and we could have continued the inning. We only got one hit. It wasn't like we were knocking the cover off the ball and were going to score a bunch of runs that inning. But we certainly could have prolonged [it]."

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Mejia throws fine

Jenrry Mejia, who left his previous start with a blister, had no problem in his bullpen session and has been cleared to start Monday night against St. Louis . . . John Lannan, who was given his outright release from the 40-man roster but was offered a spot with Triple-A Las Vegas as his choice of a starter or reliever, accepted the assignment . . . Pitcher Matt Harvey, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has been cleared to throw from 90 feet.

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