Terry Collins calls Mets PR man 'puppy dog' before bolting from the room

Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard had to leave his Wednesday start with an elbow injury, and we now know that there's no structural issue. We actually wouldn't have known anything about it, apparently, had it not been for long-time Mets public relations manager Jay Horwitz.

Here's the visual:

"The puppy dog wants you guys to know that Noah Syndergaard's seeing a doctor," Collins said. "His elbow flared up on him. That's why I took him out of the game."

And then he bolted out of there like a scalded dog! Pretty funny stuff, actually.

You can see all the sides here. Collins didn't want to have to deal with questions about Syndergaard, especially when he really didn't know anything substantive to pass along.

Of course, fans really care about the well-being of Syndergaard's elbow, and it's the job of the media -- and, thus, Horwitz to help the media -- to pass along pertinent information to the fans.

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Noah Syndergaard (right) is dealing with an elbow injury. USATSI

Of note here is that Syndergaard's velocity was down on Wednesday after being pushed back a day from his scheduled start. And last time out marked his highest workload (115 pitches) of the season. Collins probably didn't want to deal with those questions.

It is, however, Horwitz's job to make sure the information is out there, and it doesn't make him a "puppy dog" (did he mean "lap dog," by the way?). It makes him a three-decades PR man who understands his job.

Still, this isn't a huge deal. It's more funny than anything else, especially how quickly Collins darted out of the room after mentioning his best pitcher had an elbow injury. It was like the NFL dropping huge negative news at 5 p.m. ET on a Friday.

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