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Bobby Parnell has been throwing for weeks

Bobby Parnell has been cleared for baseball activities and has been throwing for several weeks already, he said on a conference call on Thursday. Parnell had surgery for a herniated disk in his neck on Sept. 10.

Parnell, despite the surgery, still sees himself as the Mets’ closer.

“In my head, I feel like I’m still the closer,” he said. “I’ll go with that until told otherwise.”

In December, Sandy Alderson told reporters Parnell had gained all the weight back he lost after surgery and he’s confident his closer will be ready for Spring Training. “He looked terrific, toned, strong, limber,” according to someone who recently saw Parnell (Rubin, Jan. 9). Parnell said he’s back up to his normal weight – 207 or 208 lbs. – and that estimates of his post-surgery weightloss were overstated.

“I’m going to get back into baseball shape and not look back,” Parnell said.

Nevertheless, Alderson is reportedly looking for a veteran set-up man (either by trade or minor-league deal) to compete with RHP Vic Black in the event Parnell is not ready for the start of the season.

“I don’t think there’s any question that I will be ready [for Opening Day],” he said.




20 comments
ewangs
ewangs

@metsblog is this a shocking breakthru from the article a few weeks ago "Parnell cleared to throw?" Come on I like you guys

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Wow! A Mets player throwing a ball! GETS ME SO EXCITED!

Joseph Morgan
Joseph Morgan

I still don't like Parnell as a top notch closer. He has been okay but his fastball is still too straight. To me, if you want to win in the NL, you need a strong bullpen. I would love to see the Mets sign Grant Balfour as our closer and have Vic Black and Parnell close. I really feel that if we did that, we could add another 5 wins. I would like to see that kind of bullpen improvement and a new shortstop.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Word to crack Met Medical Staff:  Find him a decent pillow!

bill metsiac
bill metsiac

What about K-Rod? He's still looking for a job, and might sign a non-guaranteed deal Then there'e the "other Frankie", who closed for us before Parnell, but he's probably got too much baggage.

rico
rico

Nice news!

rf04
rf04

I'd be WAY more comfortable if we spent some of our remaining payroll on a couple veteran proven relievers. I think our lack of bullpen experience could be rough on the starters. We're already expecting a lot from that bunch.

Put some money in the 'pen and let Drew walk, IMO.

nagel100
nagel100

Parnell is a legit closer and this is good news.  looking at it any other way or bringing up our other issues makes no sense.   Parnell and Black give us 2 hard throwers for the 8th and 9th. I am hoping our starters can give us 7 most of the time.  

BS
BS

Sandy specifically mentioned to Rubin a few weeks back that he expected to sign a reliever to a MAJOR league deal, not minor league deal.  You have every other tidbit from the last 6 weeks linked in here one way or another, may want to update that.  What kind of closer-competitor would one get on a minor league deal?  We missed out on the immortal Alfredo Aceves yesterday, after all.

Robert Hess
Robert Hess

Serious question.  When guys sign do they sign with the guarantee that they are to be the closer for the team?  Is that stipulated in their contract?

The Feels band
The Feels band

Did Parnell really hit 103 on the gun before? A fastest pitch ever record on "the internet" says so. Is there video of this? Seems unlikely. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@rf04 I agree, although the guys they need to bring in our people that can get righties and lefties out.  TC goes so far overboard on lefty / righty stuff it's frightening.

mets2014
mets2014

@BS yep I remember reading bringing in a closer type on a major league deal and a starter on a minor league deal

JC
JC

@Robert Hess they are probably told verbally off the record that they will be but not in writing in the contract for the obvious reasons of injury or sucking

Brenton Corriveau
Brenton Corriveau

Yes he did, it was 102.5. It was only fastest pitch for a week because chapman threw one 105 a week later

bill metsiac
bill metsiac

@Kenneth Meltsner @bill metsiac I know they do, especially FF. But if we're looking for a guy who'd accept a cheap, non-guaranteed deal, with closing experience, looking to resurrect a career, who else meets those standards?


K-Rod had a 1.09 ERA with the Brewers in 26 G before being traded to the Orioles last season, and he's healthy and motivated. If he doesn't work out in ST, we can cut him or send him to Wallyville.