Bobby Parnell to get 'low-leverage' relief work for now

NEW YORK -- After flopping in his return from the disabled list on Tuesday, New York Mets reliever Bobby Parnell will be limited to low-leverage pitching situations for the time being, according to manager Terry Collins.

Parnell, who essentially was forced onto the DL because of ineffectiveness on Aug. 18, walked the first two batters he faced against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday after entering with the Mets trailing, 6-4. He then fielded Freddy Galvis' bunt and errantly threw to first base. At that point, Collins removed him. All three batters Parnell faced scored in what became an eight-run frame.

Parnell has a 16.71 ERA and a .429 opponent batting average in his last 11 appearances dating to July 22.

"I'll probably use him in lower-leverage situations right now just to get him out there and try to get him to relax a little bit," Collins said. "Obviously, even the play at first base, you could tell he was forcing stuff. That's not the Bobby Parnell we know, for sure.

"Down the road, all we can do is continue to have him throw and regain his release point to where his command is as good as it used to be. That's always the key. Even when this guy threw 100 mph, he threw strikes. So we've got to get that back."