Parnell to DL, Niese Close to Return

By Danny Abriano

Here are today’s pertinent news and notes…

Bobby Parnell placed on the 15-day disabled list:

This move was expected the second the Mets announced the promotion of Wilmer Floresyesterday a few minutes before midnight.  Today, the Mets made it official: closer Bobby Parnell has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck.  According to General Manager Saldy Alderson, surgery is possible if Parnell doesn’t respond to treatment:

"He had a series of injections last week. He had an epidural yesterday.  And so right now we’re simply evaluating how he responds to those two treatments.  We’ll know more in the next two or three days.  It is conceivable that if those don’t work, something more significant, more invasive would have to be considered — surgery, possibly. But right now we’re not at that stage."

Jul 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (39) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Mets won 4-2 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Parnell, 28, last appeared in a game on July 30th, so his DL stint will be backdated to then, making him eligible to return to the Mets on August 15th.  So far this season, Parnell has a 2.16 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 50 innings pitched.

While Alderson noted that surgery is possible, there’s also the possibility that Parnell returns from the DL the first day he’s eligible.

David Aardsma had been filling in for Parnell as the closer, but Terry Collins noted today that it would be a “mix and match” situation until Parnell returns.

Jonathon Niese close to returning to the Mets:

Jonathon Niese, who last pitched on June 20th, is scheduled to make a rehab start for AA Binghamton tonight.  If all goes well, it’s expected that Niese will be activated next week and rejoin the Mets’ starting rotation.

Niese’s anticipated return would again leave the Mets with a 6-man starting rotation.

The 26 year old Niese initially landed on the DL with what was reported as a torn rotator cuff.  However, further tests indicated he was suffering from normal wear and tear.

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