NEW YORK -- Mets closer Bobby Parnell is unavailable for the fifth straight day as he continues to deal with a sore neck. Parnell has not improved much the past few days, according to manager Terry Collins.
"He feels better but not enough to pitch him, for sure, today," Collins said.
Parnell last pitched against Miami on July 30. He's taken medication and will be re-examined Monday. The team will have a better idea of whether it needs to place Parnell on the disabled list after that examination.
With Parnell out, David Aardsma served as the closer on Friday night, but he blew the save, and then served up the game-winning homer on Saturday. Collins said Sunday he isn't sure who he would use to close Sunday if the Mets are in position to take two of three from the Royals.
Collins does not expect to use Pedro Feliciano, who has worked back-to-back days since returning. Feliciano has thrown 1 1/3 combined innings in the two games, tossing one inning on Saturday, but the veteran hadn't pitched in the majors in 34 months before returning Friday.
"I want to be very careful that I don't overdo it right now," Collins said. "I thought when I used him yesterday for the inning -- get him Sunday, and Monday being off, get him a couple of days of rest. He's been throwing a lot but not back-to-backs. Don't want to go three straight."
THE THIRD DEGREE: Collins said Saturday that he planned to use Daniel Murphy at third and Eric Young Jr. at second if David Wright was out for an extended period of time. Sunday, Collins didn't commit to that plan, saying he'll talk with GM Sandy Alderson to review the team's options.
Josh Satin is playing third on Sunday.
"I'm not sure about it yet," Collins said. "I want to make sure the situation in the outfield is what we need it to be. We've played so well out there I don't want to disrupt a lot of things, even though I know with Mike [Baxter] back here and Andrew Brown, we got a platoon we can put in left field if necessary and both guys are very capable of getting the job done out there."
Collins added that Triple-A infielder Wilmer Flores could potentially be in the mix if Murphy moves to third base.
"He's been playing a lot of second base," Collins said. "I'm going to certainly gather all the information before we make that move with him."
REHAB MOVES: Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak tweeted that he has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Collins said there's talk of outfielder Lucas Duda (intercostal strain) being promoted from Single-A St. Lucie at some point this upcoming week.