New York Mets manager Terry Collins attempted Thursday to clarify comments he had made the day before about his role in relaying injury news to reporters.

Collins had said Wednesday he was "not at liberty" to discuss right fielder Jay Bruce's injury situation, an apparently new restriction for the normally candid manager.

Collins said Thursday the team is going to try to avoid predicting publicly when players will return from injuries because "no one really knows when anybody's going to be ready" while they're recovering and rehabbing.

"I get in trouble because I try to be as honest as I can with you guys and give you an honest look at things," Collins said. "And then if it doesn't happen, we look like an idiot when we're not, because there's no guarantees."

The Mets have been beset by injuries this season. New York has some of its biggest names on the disabled list, including ace Noah Syndergaard, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, closer Jeurys Familia and veteran David Wright.