Mets shut Bobby Parnell down for a week due to forearm tightness

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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.

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training

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On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!

Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.

José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.

Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.

Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.