Bobby Parnell to face live hitters this weekend for first time since Tommy John surgery

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Bobby Parnell is going to open the 2015 regular season on the 15-day disabled list, but an early-May debut seems to be within reach at this moment.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the rehabbing right-hander is scheduled to face live hitters this weekend for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April 8. Parnell will have one more bullpen session Thursday that’ll act as a tuneup.

Jenrry Mejia appears locked in as the Mets’ closer this year, but Parnell could slide into an active setup role if everything continues to go smoothly with his recovery. Parnell saved 22 games for the Mets in 2013 alongside a stellar 2.16 ERA.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.