Mets assistant general manager John Ricco downplayed the seriousness of Collins’s condition when talking to reporters and indicated that Collins was taken to the hospital out of an abundance of caution. Ricco also said that Collins was awake and alert and watched the Mets’ game on television from the hospital.
Mets trainer Ray Ramirez will remain in Milwaukee with Collins, who is being kept overnight at Froedtert Hospital for observation. Froedtert is one of only two level one trauma centers in the state of Wisconsin. It’s currently unknown whether Collins will be ready to manage by Tuesday’s game, when the Mets will take on the Pirates at Citi Field.
Bench coach Dick Scott managed the team in Collins’s absence and the Mets lost 5-3 to the Brewers in a sloppy game in which the Mets committed three errors. Scott, who replaced Bob Geren following the 2015 season, has no previous major league managing experience, unlike his veteran predecessor.
Collins, at 67, is the oldest manager in the majors, though his health has never been an issue before now. The Mets’ current injury situation is so bleak that they were without their starting first, second, and third basemen, their starting catcher, left fielder, and their manager in Sunday’s game.