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Bobby Parnell gets 'chills' in return to majors

NEW YORK -- Manager Terry Collins described Bobby Parnell as "rusty." Parnell was merely elated to be back in the major leagues.

Fourteen months after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Parnell faced two eighth-inning batters Saturday. He allowed a single to Jonny Gomes, then coaxed a groundout from A.J. Pierzynski.

The New York Mets ultimately lost to the Atlanta Braves, 5-3, in 11 innings.

Parnell's fastball sat at 91-92 mph. That's consistent with his readings in recent minor league appearances, but well below his average of 95.0 mph during the 2013 season.

Parnell last appeared in the majors on March 31, 2014.

"It was good to get back out there. It sent chills up my spine. It was a good day," Parnell said.

On his performance, Parnell added: "I've still got some work to do. On a personal level, that was a good day for me. ... I just wanted to be aggressive. I wanted to go out there and force contact. I didn't want to walk anybody. I did that, got some weak contact. [Gomes] kind of flared it in. He's a good hitter, so you tip your hat. And I was lucky enough to get Pierzynski to roll over one. ... I feel like the strength is there, the health is there. Just getting back to my old mechanics is going to be a big step in the right direction."

Parnell finally got into a game on the third day back in the majors.

"I was pretty anxious," he said. "Every time the phone rings, you perk up. It's been more so the past couple of days."