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Collins concerned over Thole's comments

Terry Collins is concerned over Josh Thole’s struggles behind the plate and his public assessment of those struggles.

Collins took issue with Thole’s comments after the Mets’ 7-6 loss to San Francisco in which Thole said he was tightening up behind the plate.

“I saw what he said last night and I said, you cannot say that. It sounds like he’s lost confidence and you can’t do that in this game,” Collins said on Wednesday. “You can tell me that, you can tell [bullpen coach] Jon Debus that, but you can’t tell the guys in the other clubhouse that. So that’s an issue.”

Collins replaced Thole with Ronny Paulino on Wednesday. He will also sit Thole on Thursday, giving the young catcher time to clear his head and work on his catching.

“Take a couple of days, relax and get ready for this weekend,” Collins said he told Thole.

Thole said he will put in extra work catching in the bullpen and working with a pitching machine to refine his approach behind the plate.

The catcher made a throwing error and allowed three stolen bases on Tuesday. He also couldn’t stop two wild pitches.

Thole leads the National League with seven passed balls and has allowed 22 of 26 runners to steal bases on him. He’s hitting .256 with no home runs and eight RBI. He grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and the score tied in the ninth on Tuesday.

He insisted on Wednesday that he does not have a confidence issue.

“Confidence isn’t an issue, at all,” said Thole.