Parnell not returning quickly

Bobby Parnell

Relief Pitcher
New York Mets


Bobby Parnell is not imminently returning to the Mets, Terry Collins confirmed. Parnell has allowed all five inherited runners to score during his past two appearances with Triple-A Buffalo.

Collins said the reliever, who landed on the disabled list with right middle finger inflammation, needs to demonstrate he can command his 98 mph fastball before returning to the majors. Parnell conceivably could stay on a rehab assignment for as long as 30 days, or the Mets could use an option at some point and make the right-hander an official minor leaguer.

Collins noted Parnell worked a lot on his slider this spring, trying to increase the bite and make it less flat. But the high-octane fastball would be a good enough weapon on its own if he could throw it with precision.

“You’ve got to command it,” Collins said. “You’ve got to command it to both sides of the plate. And I think when he gets that back, he’ll be here.”

The Mets should get back a reliever at some point later this week. Pedro Beato (elbow) is likely to be activated after making scheduled rehab appearances for Buffalo on Sunday and Tuesday.