Demotion, release, or injury? Bobby Parnell chooses stint on Mets’ disabled list

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After taking losses in back-to-back appearances Bobby Parnell was no longer wanted in the Mets’ bullpen, so according to Mike Puma of the New York Post the team gave the former closer three choices: Designated for assignment, demoted to Triple-A, or placed on the disabled list.

Parnell chose the DL stint, so he’s been shut down two months after completing his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery. He had great initial success, posting a 0.73 ERA in his first 13 games back from surgery, but Parnell has allowed 13 runs in his last 10 outings to see his ERA balloon to 5.59 overall.

Parnell is an impending free agent making $3.7 million, so unless he makes it back from the DL for some September action this likely signals the end of his time with the Mets after a decade in the organization.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.