Mets set to bring back Bobby Parnell despite 11.57 ERA on rehab assignment

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Bobby Parnell’s minor-league rehab assignment was anything but impressive, with a 11.57 ERA and reports of diminished velocity, but his 30-day rehab clock is expiring and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets will activate him from the disabled list.

Parnell hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of last season and his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery has been a rocky one, but as an MLB veteran with a $3.7 million salary simply demoting him to the minors isn’t an option.

Presumably the Mets will use Parnell in the lowest-leverage role possible until he shows signs of turning things around. Prior to the injury he was the Mets’ closer and posted a 2.79 ERA in 213 innings from 2010-2013, but the first-hand reports from his rehab stint suggest things could be ugly against big-league hitters for a while.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”