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Bobby Parnell, Vic Black begin rehab assignments

NEW YORK -- Relievers Bobby Parnell and Vic Black began rehab assignments Tuesday with Class A St. Lucie as they work back from season-opening disabled-list stints.

Parnell allowed two hits in a scoreless inning against the Brevard County Manatees. His velocity continued to be underwhelming. Parnell sat at 90-91 mph with his fastball, but registered 93 and 95 mph in two-strike counts. He threw a couple of sliders at 83-84 mph.

Black allowed a solo homer and walked two in one inning. He had movement on his pitches, but they were erratic. His fastball sat at 93-96 mph. The long ball came on a two-strike fastball.

Rehab assignments for pitchers may last as many as 30 days, although neither is expected to take that long. Both pitchers must work on consecutive days before convincing Mets officials they are ready to be activated.