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Collins explains why Mets canceled workout on Thursday

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: The World Series Logo is seen painted on the field during a workout the day before Game Three of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on October 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: The World Series Logo is seen painted on the field during a workout the day before Game Three of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on October 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Citi Field is painted and ready to go for the Mets' first home game of the World Series on Friday. Michael Heiman Getty Images

With a break in the World Series action on Thursday, the New York Mets were scheduled to have a team workout at Citi Field to prepare for Friday's Game 3, but manager Terry Collins called it off.

Collins revealed the thought process behind the decision as the Mets prepare for what will essentially be a must-win Game 3, already down 0-2 in the series.

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"I went to bed at 5 a.m. this morning. We've played 23 innings of baseball in 24 hours," Collins said Thursday. "I got a third baseman [David Wright], we have to worry about his back. The days off help him. I have a center fielder [Yoenis Cespedes] who has a bad shoulder. I've got a right fielder [Curtis Granderson] who has a bad thumb. My second baseman [Daniel Murphy] lives and dies with his lower body.

"They play hard. So, to have them out here today just to run around for 10 minutes, to me doesn't make a lot of sense. We've played a lot of baseball in the last three or four days."

Although Collins declared Thursday an official off-day, a group of Mets players showed up to the ballpark to take batting practice in the cages.

As they hope to piece together their first win of the World Series and avoid falling into the quicksand of an 0-3 deficit, the Mets will start rookie Noah Syndergaard on Friday.