Bobby Parnell wants to be a closer

Bobby Parnell told John Delcos that he would like to be a closer some day.

“That’s where I want to be,’’ Parnell said at Citi Field last week. “If he comes in hurt, I would definitely like to help the team in that role until he gets healthy.”

I think Parnell can be successful in that role, ONLY if he learns to command his fastball more, and ALSO figure out how to get more movement from it. He can’t throw arrows, as he often does. Instead, he has to get that ball to cut in. I look at Parnell, and I see two roads: he can either adjust and thrive like Heath Bell, or remain one-dimensional and be inconsistent like Matt Lindstrom. He started last year in Triple-A. The team clearly sees him as part of the major-league bullpen. So, this Spring will be important for Bobby, since he should have the freedom to work on making adjustments.

By the way…

Francisco Rodriguez is still recovering from thumb surgery, which was needed after injuring himself during an altercation with his girlfriend’s father at Citi Field in August.

In October, after throwing 20 pitches in a bullpen session, Tiburones de la Guaira team trainer Ramon Luna told El Universal that Rodriguez was in good shape, feeling no pain, and was on track to ready for Spring Training.