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39 Bobby Parnell RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/207 | Birthdate: 9/8/1984 | Birthplace: Salisbury, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: Charleston Southern | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $1,700,000 | Owned/Started%: 7/1 | Average Draft Position: 396.00
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Mets' Parnell faces live hitters for first time since Tommy John


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Mets reliever Bobby Parnell faced faced live hitters Thursday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery last April. Hitters did not swing on any of Parnell pitches during the session, according to ESPN.

"It felt good to see some hitters in the box," Parnell said. "It means I'm making the right steps forward. It was a big step."

Although Parnell is expected to start the season on the disabled list, manager Terry Collins did leave the door open for some major-league exhibition games late in spring training.

"He's going to be a piece we're going to have to have. Like I said to him, 'You've got to still take it slow.' Hopefully by the end of spring training he gets into a couple of games."


Mets' Parnell set to face batters for first time since elbow surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Mets reliever Bobby Parnell will throw to batters Thursday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery last April. 

"Honestly the biggest hurdle is going to be not overthrowing when I see hitters," Parnell said, per NJ.com. "(Thursday) the live BP is going to be for me to go out and see a hitter in a box. I don't think it's for me to try to get hitters out.

"(Thursday) I'm just going to go out there and throw four-seam fastballs and tell them to pull the ball and not hit it back at me. And go from there."

Parnell, who is expected to start the season on the disabled list, will likely pitch in some major-league exhibition games this spring.

"I think I'll throw in games," Parnell said. "I don't know when. I don't know where. Games are probably a couple of weeks away."


Mets' Bobby Parnell to face hitters this weekend


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Mets reliever Bobby Parnell will face hitters this weekend, according to ESPN.

Parnell had Tommy John surgery last April, and is working his way back from the injury. Parnell will toss a bullpen session on Thursday, and if that goes well, he'll face hitters for the first time since his procedure. He'll likely open the year on the disabled list, but could be activated by May.

Parnell posted a 2.16 ERA over 50 innings back in 2013. 


Mets not expecting Bobby Parnell back until May


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday pitcher Bobby Parnell will 'probably' not be back until May, reports NJ.com.

Parnell is coming off Tommy John surgery and was expected to begin the season on the disabled list.


Collins: Jenrry Mejia may keep closer role if he's 'lights out' in April


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins is not expected to award Bobby Parnell (elbow) the closer role when he returns from the disabled list in late April, reports ESPN. Jenrry Mejia, who will open the season as the closer, will have the opportunity to keep the role if he is "lights out" in early April. 

"We'll see where he is when he comes back. We'll see how he's pitching," Collins said. "We provide opportunities. It's up to the players to make the most of it. If we start the season with Jenrry as the closer and he is dealing, he's going to be the closer. Right now I just want Bobby to prepare himself to be the closer, because that's where we think he has the best fit."

Mejia underwent sports hernia surgery in early October but said he was ready to participate in baseball activities by the beginning of January. He went went 6-6 with a 3.65 ERA and 98:41 K:BB ratio in 93 2/3 innings while recording 28 saves.


Mets' Parnell wants to be ready for opener, but fine with DL stint


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Mets closer Bobby Parnell, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, expects to reclaim the closer's role once he returns from a season-opening stint on the disabled list, per ESPN.com. A team source told ESPN that Parnell might spend 2-3 weeks on the DL at the beginning of the season.

Although, while manager Terry Collins has suggested Parnell should regain the closer's role once healthy, Parnell said Collins hasn't promised that will happen. 

"The ultimate goal when I go up there is to close," Parnell said Wednesday. "Obviously I want to be there at the beginning of the year. But, more importantly, I want to be there at the end of the year.

"If they feel like missing the beginning of the year is going to help me be there at the end, and be solid at the end, and help with the playoff push, then I'm all aboard on that. ... Don't get me wrong: I want to be there opening day and be there from Day 1. Don't think that I'm trying to not get there. I guess what I'm saying is I'm OK with them holding me back because I think that's what's best for the team." 

Parnell threw off a mound Wednesday for the third time since having elbow surgery last April.

"I don't think there are any velocity check marks or anything like that," Parnell said. "I think it's just how you feel today. I spun a couple of curveballs today, which were great. That was the first time I've done that off the mound." 


Report: Mets' Bobby Parnell expected to open season on DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell is expected to open the season on the disabled list as he nears a return from Tommy John surgery, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Parnell is expected to miss the first two to three weeks of the season, per the report. He appeared in the season opener in 2014 and underwent surgery on April 8.

Parnell is slated to address the media Wednesday at the team's spring-training complex.


Mets agree to terms with pitcher Bobby Parnell


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) The Mets announced they avoided arbitration with pitcher Bobby Parnell after signing him to a one-year contract Wednesday.

Parnell will be a free agent after the 2015 season. In 2014, Parnell pitched one inning for the Mets and surrendered one run.


Mets' Collins: Closer role is Bobby Parnell's job to lose


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Monday there will be a competition for the closer's role this spring, even though Jenrry Mejia performed well in the role last season. In fact, Collins even said injured reliever Bobby Parnell, who missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, is the incumbent closer.

"It's Bobby's (job) to lose," Collins said, per NJ.com. "I love competition."

Collins also mentioned Jeurys Familia and Vic Black as options for the closer's role. The Mets totaled 42 saves in 2014, with Mejia having a team-high 28 saves. Familia was second on the team with five.


Mets tender contracts to six of seven arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Mets have tendered contracts to six of seven arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the Star-Ledger. Those players include: Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia and Bobby Parnell.

Mets not expecting Bobby Parnell to be ready for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Mets reliever Bobby Parnell is not expected to be ready for the start of the 2015 season, according to ESPN. General manager Sandy Alderson said Parnell is throwing from 120 feet on flat ground as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery in April.

Parnell is expected to throw off a mound shortly after Christmas.

"Right now I think we’re projecting sometime after the season starts," Alderson said about Parnell pitching in the majors. "But that’s just an educated guess right now."


Mets activate Matt Harvey, Bobby Parnell from 60-day DL


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Mets have activated Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell from the 60-day disabled list Friday.

Harvey spent all of 2014 recovering after Tommy John surgery. He's expected to be 100 percent by spring training. Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery in April. 


Bobby Parnell plays catch Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell played catch Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, Newsday reports. Parnell had his surgery for April, and he'll begin working toward a 2015 return.

Bobby Parnell moved to 60-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Mets reliever Bobby Parnell was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. Parnell is out for the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Bobby Parnell undergoes surgery with eye on 2015


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Though he was initially considering skipping surgery and trying to rehab the torn MCL in his right elbow, Mets reliever Bobby Parnell opted to forgo a second opinion and go under the knife immediately to repair the injury.

As manager Terry Collins told MLB.com Tuesday, Parnell opted to have the surgery now so he could be healthy in time for opening day in 2015.

"He was real concerned about always waking up every day knowing he had a tear in there, and 'How long would it last?'" Mets manager Terry Collins said. "So he made the right decision."  

Parnell underwent the surgery Tuesday in New York, rather than allow the decision to be dragged out for weeks while he tried to rehab the injury. If he had opted for that course of action, there was no guarantee he would come back to full health anyways, while pushing the potential timetable for his return from surgery further back.


Bobby Parnell undergoes Tommy John surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) The Mets announced closer Bobby Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday. Jose Valverde has replaced Parnell, who will miss the rest of the season, as the Mets' closer.

Bobby Parnell decides to undergo Tommy John surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Mets reliever Bobby Parnell has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery, the team announced Sunday night. He'll have surgery on Tuesday.

Parnell suffered an incomplete tear of the MCL in his right elbow, after blowing a save in Monday's season opener against the Nationals. The Mets are hopeful Parnell will be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

Surgery a 50-50 proposition for Bobby Parnell


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Mets reliever Bobby Parnell won't know if he will need surgery for at least another two weeks, but the team's doctors have told him it is a distinct possibility. According to ESPN.com Thursday, Parnell has a 50-50 chance of needing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.

Parnell hopes to make a decision sooner rather than alter, because if he needs Tommy John surgery he wants to be ready to return by the start of the 2015 season. Doctors may opt to treat the elbow with platelet-rich plasma treatment if they forgo the surgical option.  


Mets could know in six weeks if Bobby Parnell needs surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said if closer Bobby Parnell needs Tommy John surgery, then a determination will be made in six weeks.

Alderson said Parnell's MCL tear is in "somewhat different location" than Matt Harvey, who is expected to miss the 2014 season recovering from October Tommy John surgery. Alderson said Parnell's tear is in the thicker part of the ligament, so he will rest for two weeks and then start to throw.

Alderson added Parnell's forearm pain was first relayed to the team after Monday's game against the Nationals. Parnell had been having discomfort for 4-5 days.


Bobby Parnell moved to 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) The Mets announced Wednesday closer Bobby Parnell was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 1. The team announced Tuesday Parnell will be sidelined for a few weeks due to an incomplete tear of the MCL in his right elbow.

Mets' late-inning plans with closer sidelined


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) The Mets are hopeful closer Bobby Parnell (elbow) will be better in a week or two, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. In the meantime, setup man Jose Valverde will take over as closer, with Kyle Farnsworth, Jeurys Familia and Scott Rice sharing eighth-inning responsibilities.

Bobby Parnell out with incomplete tear of MCL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) After blowing a save in Monday's season opener against the Nationals, the news got worse for Mets closer Bobby Parnell on Tuesday. The Mets announced Parnell will be sidelined for at least a few weeks after an MRI revealed Parnell has an incomplete tear of the MCL in his right elbow.

Parnell was examined Tuesday morning after he complained of tightness in his right forearm following Monday's game. He received a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection and has been prescribed rest for approximately two weeks. He will then begin a throwing program, and the outcome will determine whether or not Parnell needs elbow surgery.

Setup man Jose Valverde will likely take over as closer for the Mets.


Jose Valverde could open season as Mets closer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Mets closer Bobby Parnell still has not regained velocity on his fastball, and if he isn't ready when the season begins or has trouble early on, the team could turn to Jose Valverde as a closing option in the early-going, the New York Daily News reports.

Valverde has improved significantly after an unimpressive start to the spring, causing one rival evaluator to remark, "They may have found something here." The potential interim closer has surrendered three earned runs on just four hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out six.


Bobby Parnell not worried that fastball not so fast


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Mets closer Bobby Parnell fired his fastball at just under 90 mph this spring in his second Grapefruit League start, but has expressed no concern over a lack of velocity. He was encouraged by that performance in comparison to his first exhibition performance.

"The difference between this outing and last outing was night and day," he told ESPN. "My timing was a lot better. I felt like the ball was coming out a lot better. So as the inning went on, the confidence kept growing."

Parnell, who underwent surgery last September to repair a herniated disk in his neck, was consistently throwing his fastball at 95 mph in 2013.


Bobby Parnell ready for game action


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Mets reliever Bobby Parnell is ready for game action, according to ESPN.

Parnell is slated to make his spring debut Monday. He's been recovering from offseason neck surgery, but was able to throw in an intrasquad game Thursday. Parnell did not experience a setback after the appearance, and has been cleared to move forward in his rehab.

Parnell posted a 2.16 ERA in 50 innings last year.