Pelfrey, who allowed seven runs (six earned) in two-plus innings in a 10-7 loss to the Phillies Wednesday, indicated after the game Thole called too many curves and sliders and not enough fastballs and sinkers. Pelfrey said it was his own fault for not shaking him off.
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"I never got caught up in pitch selection," Collins said. "I got caught up in location. I think it came down to Mike didn't make the pitches he wanted to make. He was angry because he didn't make the pitches. It's human nature to say, 'I wish I had done something else.' I told him, 'If you think you need to throw more fastballs, then we need to rely on that as we prepare for the next start.' "
Collins said he wants the parties to speak to each other and less to reporters when there's a dispute. He said he told Thole to "make sure the discussions were with Mike, not you guys."
Rule 5 pick Pedro Beato, who grew up in Queens and went to Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, said he was excited about his first home opener at Citi Field.
"There's going to be some family there, some friends," said Beato, who was charged with two unearned runs in two innings in Thursday's 11-0 loss to the Phillies. "I don't know how many. A lot of people."
Jason Bay (rib-cage strain) hit off a tee in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and felt no discomfort . . . Ronny Paulino (anemia) has been cleared to resume workouts . . . Blaine Boyer shaved off his beard after giving up the losing runs Wednesday. "I hated that beard," said Boyer, who kept a small goatee . . . Reliever Manny Acosta cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo . . . Phillies closer Brad Lidge (rotator cuff strain) is likely out until the All-Star break, manager Charlie Manuel said.