Bobby Parnell’s minor-league rehab assignment was anything but impressive, with a 11.57 ERA and reports of diminished velocity, but his 30-day rehab clock is expiring and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets will activate him from the disabled list.
Parnell hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of last season and his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery has been a rocky one, but as an MLB veteran with a $3.7 million salary simply demoting him to the minors isn’t an option.
Presumably the Mets will use Parnell in the lowest-leverage role possible until he shows signs of turning things around. Prior to the injury he was the Mets’ closer and posted a 2.79 ERA in 213 innings from 2010-2013, but the first-hand reports from his rehab stint suggest things could be ugly against big-league hitters for a while.
The Mets will shut down reliever Bobby Parnell for a week after he experienced forearm tightness during his Tommy John rehab stint, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. Parnell’s velocity has been down and the results haven’t been great, so the right-hander likely wouldn’t have rejoined the Mets anytime soon anyway even if he hadn’t suffered a setback.
Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery in April last season after making just one appearance. In the previous two seasons, he had excelled for the Mets, saving a combined 29 games with a 2.35 ERA and a 105/32 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
With how well Jeurys Familia has pitched filling in as the team’s closer — Jenrry Mejia is currently both injured and suspended — when Parnell returns, he’ll likely start out setting up for Familia before his return to the closer’s role is considered.
MLB.com’s Joe Trezza reports that Mets manager Terry Collins plans to stick with Jeurys Familia as the club’s closer when Bobby Parnell and Vic Black return from the disabled list. “If Bobby Parnell and Vic Black show up tomorrow, Jeurys Familia will still close,” Collins said.
Parnell had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April. He was reportedly throwing in the low 90’s for most of his rehab appearance with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday.
Black started the season on the disabled list due to shoulder tendinitis and also didn’t appear too sharp in his minor league rehab appearances. He will be undergoing an MRI on his shoulder and neck, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports.
Familia, meanwhile, picked up his sixth save in as many opportunities on Sunday afternoon against the Marlins. He carries a 2.35 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP, and a 9/2 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings this season.
MLB just announced that Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol.
Interestingly, Mejia is the fourth player to be suspended for Stanozolol since late in spring training, joining David Rollins, Arodys Vizcaino, and Ervin Santana. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week due to right elbow inflammation and can serve the suspension while he’s sidelined.
Here are statements from the Mets and Mejia, via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com:
Jeurys Familia is currently filling in at closer for New York, but Bobby Parnell is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and could get his old job back if he proves his health and effectiveness. Still, this is a tough blow for a team who has their eyes on contention. Per the updated PED policy, Mejia would not be able to play in the postseason if the Mets qualify. It will be interesting to see if the Mets consider signing free agent reliever Rafael Soriano. He’d be a nice fit.
Mejia, 25, posted a 3.65 ERA with 28 saves and a 98/41 K/BB ratio in 93 2/3 innings last season.