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.