Bobby Parnell asked to get an extra day of rest between bullpen sessions, Dan Warthen told reporters in St. Lucie on Thursday (ESPN NY, Feb. 20).
Parnell threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and was scheduled to throw again today.
“I’m running off of Bobby 100 percent,” Warthen said. “He said he feels good, but he’s smart enough to tell me if he needs the extra day. I had him scheduled to throw today. He said, ‘I can throw, but how about an extra day?'”
According to Warthen, Parnell’s velocity is at around 80 percent, though his delivery is sound.
Parnell, who had herniated disc surgery last summer, figures to pitch in his first Grapefruit League game during mid-March.