Pitching coach Warthen back in dugout

ATLANTA -- Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, a day after missing a game with a rapid heart beat, was back in the dugout Friday for the team's 5-1 win over the Braves at Turner Field.

"He's huge," manager Terry Collins said before the game. "He does a great job. He does an outstanding job of getting our guys ready. And with all that's going on right now, with our pitching and all the juggling that we've got to do and everything else, I need him here. So I'm glad he's back."

Warthen, 62, spent parts of four seasons with the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros in the mid-1970s, starting 41 games among 83 appearances and compiling a 12-21 record and a 4.31 ERA. He debuted with the Expos in 1975.

Warthen has also been a coach with the Dodgers, the Padres and the Tigers and was a player/coach in the Pirates' Minor League system in the early '80s.

John Donovan is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.