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Bobby Parnell is weeks from baseball activity

Bobby Parnell showed progress in his checkup last week, but he is still weeks away from being cleared for baseball activities, Terry Collins told reporters in Orlando earlier this week.

Parnell had surgery on a herniated disk in his neck on September 10. The team has said is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

“He’s feeling better,” Collins said (Delcos, Dec. 12).

“We’ve got to wait to see how he shows up, where he’s at in a month,’’ he said. “He hasn’t done much yet, so he’s got to get himself in shape.”

The Mets are reportedly looking in to free-agent relief pitchers, having been connected in recent days to John Axford and Kevin Gregg (Duquette, Dec. 11), as well as Chris Perez (Rubin, Dec. 9) and Mitchell Boggs (Sherman, Dec. 9).

Parnell was placed on the disabled list on August 6 – retroactive to July 31 – and did not pitch again in 2013. He had a a 2.16 ERA with 22 saves in 49 games this season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

It’s pretty evident the Mets are concerned about Parnell‘s status. It seems they’re trying to find multiple options – along with Vic Black – as insurance for Parnell, in the event he isn’t healthy or has issues bouncing back from his neck surgery.  Perez really struggled for the Indians in 2013 thanks in part to the home run ball and an increased walk rate. His fastball velocity dipped last year as well, which could have been the foundation of his problems. But he recorded 35-plus saves in each of 2011 and 2012, so he does provide the experience the Mets could be seeking at the back-end of the bullpen. Worst case, he could prove to be the solid, right-handed setup presence they lost when LaTroy Hawkins left for Colorado.




35 comments
metfan8669
metfan8669

Lets go Bobby!!   Get healthy!!  You are a huge component of this team1

crash
crash

If we sign Chris Perez or, god forbid, Joaquim Benoit, I will never watch another game. I had hoped that the days of signing short-tempered and untalented Latin pitchers had come to an end when Omar left (Frank Francisco and his incredible work-ethic notwithstanding). Kevin Gregg? A shorter John Rauch. One other thing: Why has no one taken the Mets medical staff to task? Remember when Parnell's injury was just a minor thing, caused by a pillow? Well, at least we didn't sign Joba.

Jim Gandolfo
Jim Gandolfo

Oh....almost forgot....please...Kevin Gregg?  Really?  isn't there some girl needing to break into the majors?  Maybe it's just that ex-Cub, ex-Blue Jay, ex-Oriole, ex (insert team name here)  factor....I get what MK is saying with the turnover in the BP for the year....but..it's the giving up the runs in those innings that concerns me....and Axford, Gregg...they are practically BP pitchers....we've had enough of them...nothing destroys a club psyche like just giving away runs in the later innings....I'd rather have some young, unseen, unproven guns than proven, 50/50 guys....

Jim Gandolfo
Jim Gandolfo

Again...if we could get  a Mitch Miller Christmas Album on 8-track and a bag of Cheese Doodles for Davis, I'd take it.  An actual reliever with an ERA sub Benitez-Heilman (sorry for the shivers down your spine) would be helpful.  I like Perez with a new team (and bong)...Axford is worthless (and shoulder done btw)...but..over any of these...BRING UP THE YOUNG GUNS....this organizational nonsense of "Umm..we think they need more minor league seasoning" is old, antiquated and Wilpon code for "Don't want to pay them, yet."

11gilkey
11gilkey

Is anyone sold on Vic Black being the closer?  He's always mentioned as an option but I just don't see the experience to throw the guy out there in that role right now. 

maxster
maxster

They need to sign Axford at least and get  another RP in the Davis trade. Vic Black and Parnell will be OK, Famiglia has looked horrible. I would not count on him at all.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Sign Chris Perez and Oxford. That will go a long way to resolving the bullpen issue. Adding these 2 guys to the mix could make the Mets bullpen one of the best in the game.

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gameball
gameball

Is it just me, or does it seem like every single time the Mets look like they may have a key role sorted out, the player in question goes down with some scary, career-hampering injury or ailment.

Derpy
Derpy

I see no reason for fans to care about this until at least mid February, or even March. Parnell is a pro, he can get ready in a month. This idea that players need months to get ready for a season is just total BS. Talk to any player who played before, I dunno, 1990. Ask them how much preparation for the season they had in December. They're going to laugh at you.

mrmet10
mrmet10

If the rumor is true that the twins offered Pelfrey 2yrs/12 million than boy did the mets get steal with colon.

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

Ike Davis will get traded for a relief pitcher...

YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Jim GandolfoAgree, but the signing of these "retreads" is simply not just for "Seasoning" or "Don't want to pay them" in regards to just calling up young guy necessarily.


If you can get 2-3 of these guys for 1-2 mil each (instead of breaking the bank on one "Proven" BP arm) you not only have depth but you have good depth in the minors. 


In general a team needs at least 12 RP over the coarse of a season.... You don't start the year with the same 6-7 you end with... NEVER... So bringing in the Vets to eat up some innings isn't a bad thing.. If they are Awful you demote them and call up a young gun.

crash
crash

@11gilkeyHe's got a live arm and he's better than 90% of the guys we've thrown out there in the past. Let's see what he can do in Spring Training.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@11gilkeyI am as much as i would be for anyone who name isn't Mariano Rivera. Closer is the most over-rated position in all of baseball. 


How's the "Proven Closer" move in philly working out... Same for every single team.

crash
crash

@Marky MarkGentleman's Bet: Does Parnell return before or after Bartolo Colon pulls something?

muskytoes
muskytoes

@gameball All part of the Wilpon Curse, my friend. Alive and kicking since November 1986.

crash
crash

@DerpyNot if he embraces the notorious Frank Francisco training regimen.

mets1973
mets1973

@Derpy 

OK but what about the serious weight loss? That effects his strength and durability. I think we'll see Parnell after Memorial day, at the earliest. They need to sign Perez.

gameball
gameball

@DerpyI think the issue here is that there's no timetable for Parnell's return to training activity, and that the effects that this invasive surgery may have going forward are unclear.

ken1010
ken1010

@mrmet10   Pelfrey is clearly worth that in today's market.  In the second year of the contract, Pelfrey may well be better than Colon due to age.  Pelfrey can be a reliable number 4 starter.  People here are just so down on him because they wanted him to be a number 1, given how high he was drafted.  Ok, it's the finger licking and focus issues.  But he will continue to be a real major league pitcher.  

ac0814
ac0814

What a great read.

sylow59
sylow59

@Erin II Well, now we have a very good idea on who designed healthcare . gov

Derpy
Derpy

@mets1973

Lots of players have surgery all the time, a lot have weight loss.  This isn't an abnormal thing here.  Talking about this now is premature.  The most you can possibly say is that the Mets might want more depth.  But that isn't even worth saying, the Mets need depth regardless.  With or without Parnell, the Mets bullpen is practically empty right now.

Derpy
Derpy

@gameball 


It is December, he doesn't need a timetable to come back yet.  He needs a timetable in the beginning of March.  Who knows what will or wont happen between December 13th and March 1st.

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

@Gland1 You heard it already Gland my man?  I swear this is going to happen - Sandy will "settle" for relievers in a trade for Ike, you agree?

Ravi Kirtane
Ravi Kirtane

@Ben Bongadowski@Gland1
A) This was not mentioned here first.  Eno Sarris of Fan Graphs articulated this point and an excellent article posted yesterday, and liked to here, not too much before you made this post.

B) In said article, Sarris provides logic (as opposed to a grand statement) as to why the expected return for Ike will be along the lines of an RP.  To heavily summarize, the market for a guy like Ike has been set at an RP, through other trades.  Therefore, to say that Sandy will "settle" for the return that the market has already bore, is a shortsighted statement.