• Collins affirmed that "everything's good" with left-hander Jon Niese, who will start on Saturday despite some recent soreness in his lower back. Niese is winless in his last four starts.
• Mets third-base coach Tim Teufel was absent from the team on Friday to attend his daughter's college graduation. He expects to miss Saturday's game as well, with first-base coach Tom Goodwin filling in at third, and bench coach Bob Geren manning first.
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