Author: Aaron Gleeman

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Mets expect Bobby Parnell to begin season on disabled list

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York spoke to a Mets source who said right-hander Bobby Parnell is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, which makes sense given that he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in early April last year.

That same source indicated that the team expects Parnell to come off the DL within 2-3 weeks, but that seems fairly optimistic given the typical 12-month recovery timetable and the usual need to get back into game shape before returning.

Either way, by keeping Parnell for $3.7 million via arbitration the Mets clearly think he’ll be able to make an impact in 2015 after missing all but one game last season. Before blowing out his elbow Parnell posted a 2.79 ERA with 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings from 2010-2013.

Rex Brothers is in The Best Shape Of His Life

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After posting a 2.82 ERA in his first three seasons Rockies reliever Rex Brothers struggled last year with a 5.59 ERA, so naturally now he’s in The Best Shape Of His Life:

Wendell Kim: 1950-2015

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Wendell Kim, a longtime big-league coach known as “Wave ‘Em In Wendell” during his time coaching third base, died Sunday at age 64 from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Kim coached 15 years in the majors for the Cubs, Giants, Red Sox, and Expos. Prior to that he played eight seasons in the minors for the Giants as a 5-foot-5 infielder with big on-base percentages.