LOS ANGELES — Terry Collins is one of the longest-tenured managers in the history of the Mets. But his roots are still clearly tinged with Dodgers blue, which is why he made his way to the broadcast booth hours before Tuesday night’s game.
Collins sought out Vin Scully, who at 88 has announced that this will be his final season at the microphone for the Dodgers.
“He’s one of the finest human beings on the face of the Earth,” said Collins, a former Dodgers farmhand. “It’s who he is. He treats you like you’re something special when he’s the one who’s special.”
When he was done playing, Collins got his start in coaching in the Dodgers’ organization, where his connection with Scully grew over the years.
“I can’t imagine the Dodgers without him,” Collins said. “His voice is Dodger baseball to me.”
Collins’ homecoming also included a visit from Dodgers great Don Newcombe.
One more day
Second baseman Neil Walker expects to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday. He has not started the past two games with a badly bruised right shin, the result of a pair of foul balls that struck him on the exact same spot.
“Playing today would be pushing it,” Walker said.
Wilmer Flores started at second base despite a rough slide into second base on Monday night that left him with a bruised neck and a bloody nose. Flores was struck by his helmet as it flew off on his slide into second.
Lefty reliever Josh Edgin was officially optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he had already been assigned during his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
Edgin will remain in the minors until he can regain his arm strength. His fastball velocity has been clocked in the high 80s, well off his normal range in the low-to-mid 90s.