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


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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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