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.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.