Sunday went well for the Mets: Jacob deGrom tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings, they ended Zack Greinke’s scoreless innings streak, and Juan Uribe hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning. It didn’t exactly get off on the right foot, as there was an intruder in the Mets’ clubhouse weight room. ESPN’s Adam Rubin has the details:
The intruder — a baby raccoon, according to reliever Bobby Parnell — was docile and cooperative and willingly entered a cage.
With Mr. Met, there wasn’t any need to adopt a new mascot, though that certainly would have made for a good narrative.
The Nationals lost on Sunday, so the Mets picked up a game in the NL East, trailing by only two games.
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.