Bobby Parnell experienced no issues after throwing his second modified bullpen session on Monday, tossing 15 pitches off the mound with his catcher in front of plate (Newsday, Feb. 17).
Parnell, who had herniated disc surgery last summer, threw 10 pitches from a mound on Friday.
Speaking of Parnell, reliever Jose Valverde says he understands Parnell is the team’s closer.
“I’m here because I want to support the team,” Valverde said Sunday (New York Post, Feb. 16). “If one of the other guys is the closer, that’s fine with me. I want to do my job and support the team.”
Valverde has 286 career saves spanning 11 years with the D-Backs, Astros and Tigers.