While speaking on a conference call earlier today with reporters, Bobby Parnell, who was recently cleared for full baseball activities after surgery for a herniated disk, exuded confidence:
On a conference call, Bobby Parnell says “in my head, I feel like I’m still the closer. I’ll go along with that until told otherwise.” #Mets
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) January 16, 2014
During the same call, Parnell told reporters that the report that he had lost 30 pounds after surgery was erroneous. According to Parnell, the weight loss was a shade over 15 pounds (he’s now back up to his playing weight).
There was some concern after the season (and a bit earlier this offseason) regarding Parnell’s recovery from surgery. However, those fears have been alleviated, and there’s no reason to expect that Parnell won’t be ready to roll from the outset in 2014.
It’s nice that Parnell is confident that he’s “the guy,” and there’s no reason to think the Mets feel any differently.
Aside from the fact that Parnell was fantastic closing out games last year, there’s no one currently on the roster who should even be considered as being ahead of Parnell on the depth chart.
In the event Parnell has a setback, alternatives will have to be explored. If things stay on track, though, Parnell will be the one taking the ball to close out games – and rightfully so.