Terry Collins used Bobby Parnell in the ninth inning on Monday, skipped him Tuesday, but returned to using him on Wednesday.
“I am just not gonna blow this guy out,” Collins said. “He had some elbow (issues), nothing serious, but a year ago we did this and his elbow came up sore for a while. It’s just too early.”
Parnell told reporters he was unhappy about not being used in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s loss to the Marlins. However, he understands why Collins made the decision.
“He’s protecting me and I understand that,” Parnell said, according to the Daily News.
Parnell pitched Wednesday, got three quick outs, protected a one-run lead and locked up his third save of the year.
“In my head, that’s my inning,” Bobby Parnell said after the game, according to the Bergen Record. ”Since Day One of spring training, I thought that’s my inning. I want to be out there.”
Parnell is 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 12 games this season, while converting three of five save opportunities.
Michael Baron, ContributorI totally get Parnell’s frustration for not getting the call. He’s the closer, and he deserved the opportunity to act as the stopper and get the team a win in that spot. But I also understand Collins not wanting to overburden him. He had thrown 46 pitches in his previous two games, and he struggled in his save opportunity in a 35-pitch ninth inning against the Marlins on Monday.
That’s not meant to serve as a defense for the manager’s decision, but he’s caught between a rock and a hard place with Parnell in that spot and he has to do what he feels is best for the player, as that ultimately translates into what’s best for the team.