Bobby Parnell likely to be ready in mid-April

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Although the New York Mets are providing cautious return-date estimates involving Bobby Parnell, including labeling May 1 as a potential target, the ex-closer is expected to be activated from a season-opening disabled-list stint within a couple of weeks of Opening Day.

Parnell, who started throwing in games this week, is again due to pitch on the minor league side on Sunday.

"Make sure you get your tickets," Parnell joked.

He underwent Tommy John surgery last April 8 and was slowed earlier in camp by a left hamstring strain.