Terry Collins managed the Angels from 1997-99.

ANAHEIM -- Mets manager Terry Collins returned Friday to the ballpark where he guided the Angels from 1997-99 -- his last Major League managerial job before he was hired by New York in 2011.

"It's been a long time," Collins said before the series opener against the Angels. "I've probably seen everybody I know that's still left. There's not many.

"It was a great place. I had good players, and how can you beat the atmosphere here?"

He and Mike Scioscia, who followed Collins in Anaheim, were teammates in the Dodgers' Minor League system.

"We played together," Collins said. "He's a solid baseball man. It will be good to see him."

Gary DiSarcina, Collins' shortstop when he managed the Angels, is in his first year as Scioscia's third-base coach.

"The third-base coach is one of the favorite players I ever had," said Collins, who managed the Astros for three seasons before coming to Anaheim.

Collins resigned late in the '99 season amid reports of player unrest on a team picked to contend but crippled by key injuries.

"I'm a completely different guy than I was 15 years ago," he said. "I'm a lot more mellow. I'm a lot better communicator than I was then. If I had been a better communicator then, some of the things that happened here wouldn't have happened."

He said he should've done a better job policing the Angels clubhouse.

"Things have changed," Collins said. "The attitudes have changed. The rules have changed. The work ethics have changed."

One thing hasn't changed about Collins, over the years, to his regret.

"I haven't grown an inch," the 5-foot-9 former shortstop said.

Satin, Brown joining lineup against Angels' lefties

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ANAHEIM -- Josh Satin, the least-used part of the Mets' first-base rotation, was in the lineup Friday night against Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs, and the right-handed hitter is also expected to start against lefty C.J. Wilson on Sunday.

The two left-handed starters for the Angels also enable Terry Collins to use right-handed-hitting Andrew Brown in those games, the Mets' manager said. Brown was the Mets' DH on Friday.

"No. 1, they need some at-bats," Collins said of Satin and Brown. "I want to give both those guys an opportunity against the left-handers."

Satin was 0-for-5 going into the game, while Brown was 1-for-9, with the hit a three-run homer off Washington's Stephen Strasburg on March 31.

Collins said the other two first basemen, left-handed hitters Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, will be in the lineup against right-hander Jered Weaver on Saturday.

C. Young moving rehab work up to Triple-A

WSH@NYM: C. Young pulls up lame on foul ball

ANAHEIM -- Mets outfielder Chris Young (right groin) went 2-for-5 Friday in extended Spring Training game at Port St. Lucie, Fla., then headed to Triple-A Las Vegas for some rehab games.

"He's going to Vegas, which is a good sign," manager Terry Collins said. "Hopefully he joins us late in Arizona."

Young is eligible to come off the disabled list April 18, when the Mets open a 10-game homestand after completing this trip Monday-Wednesday at Arizona.

Niese's pitch count elevated for second start

CIN@NYM: Niese fans four, holds Reds to two runs

ANAHEIM -- Left-hander Jon Niese will have an expanded pitch count in his start Saturday against the Angels.

"We're going to take the shackles off," manager Terry Collins said. "It will probably be around 105 pitches. He looked pretty good to 90 the other day."

Niese said it means he "should be back to normal soon, like every year."

He went 5 2/3 innings against Cincinnati in his season debut April 6 after missing much of Spring Training because of left elbow discomfort.

Worth noting

• With the Mets playing on back-to-back days in Atlanta and Anaheim, there was obviously little uninterrupted rest for the visitors. Manager Terry Collins said the team arrived at its hotel at 3 a.m. PT and got its bags at 3:30. He said he woke up at 8 a.m. "and was here by noon."

The Mets have been hit hard by the flu bug, too, but Collins said when he first checked the training room in Anaheim, it was empty -- which he took as a good sign.