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Ex-closer Bobby Parnell to rejoin Mets

NEW YORK -- Bobby Parnell is due to rejoin the New York Mets on Wednesday and be activated from the disabled list within a few days, the club announced late Tuesday.

Parnell's 30-day rehab clock in the minors is expiring. And because Parnell has five years of major league service, he can refuse a demotion.

So the Mets are returning Parnell to the majors for the first time since he pitched on Opening Day in 2014, then underwent Tommy John surgery eight days later.

Parnell struggled in the minors and has not regained his pre-surgery velocity. His fastball has been hovering in the 92 mph range -- about 3 mph below his average in past seasons.

Parnell, the team's former closer, appeared in his final rehab game on Tuesday with Double-A Binghamton. He tossed a scoreless inning against Bowie, albeit with a walk, a hit batter and wild pitch.

In 15 minor league appearances between Class A St. Lucie and Binghamton, Parnell had an 11.57 ERA. He allowed 22 hits and 14 walks, hit one batter and uncorked three wild pitches in 14 innings.