Sunday pregame tidbits

Dillon Gee walked into the clubhouse wearing a suit a few sizes too big, leading Josh Thole to jokingly ask him: "Can I get in that suit with you?"

Triple-A Buffalo was on the road at Pawtucket when Gee received word of the call-up. With this a travel day for the Mets and suit required, Gee borrowed one from teammate Mike Nickeas.

Terry Collins had been hesitant to put Thole in the No. 2 hole because the manager was concerned Thole would be unable to score from first, even on an extra-base hit.

Collins relented Sunday and placed Thole in the No. 2 spot for several reasons: To shake up the lineup. Because he would work the count and take pitches. To "spread" out the lineup by placing Angel Pagan sixth. And also to use Pagan to separate what otherwise might be three straight lefty hitters at the bottom of the lineup: Ike Davis, Willie Harris and Thole.

Collins, though, said he doesn't like to shake up the lineup as a habit, noting he would never pull names out of a hat like the occasional minor league manager has been known to do. He did note that with Anaheim he once had all his players use the same bat for an entire game.

• Collins said R.A. Dickey and Chris Capuano could be used in the bullpen Sunday if needed in lieu of throwing customary between-starts bullpen sessions.