According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets closer Bobby Parnell injured his quad yesterday while he was covering first base during a drill.
Parnell, who is working his way back from surgery he had for a herniated disk in his neck, had been scheduled to throw a bullpen session today.
Feb 18, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (39) works on practice drills at home plate during spring training at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Pitching coach Dan Warthen noted that Parnell’s injury is “very, very mild” and that Parnell wanted to throw today as planned (but isn’t being allowed to do so).
Any time the words “Mets” and “injured” appear in the same sentence, most fans will have a tendency to overreact.
In this instance, though, it seems as if the Mets are simply being extra cautious due to how early it is in spring training, and because they don’t want to play with fire with a player who is already working his way back from another injury.