New York Mets News

Bobby Parnell Throws Live Batting Practice

By Danny Abriano

Mets closer Bobby Parnell tossed live batting practice as scheduled Saturday, his first time facing hitters since undergoing surgery last September to repair a herniated disk.

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 threw 36 pitches during the session, and may throw another live batting practice session on Sunday.

The 29 year old had been slowed a bit recently by some tightness in his quad, but any issue appears to be behind him.

Parnell was tremendous for the Mets last year in a breakthrough season as the team’s closer.

He converted 22 of 26 chances while posting a 2.16 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 50 innings pitched before the herniated disk ended his season prematurely.


Parnell has been taking things at a deliberate pace this spring, but appears to be on schedule.

There was some concern early on over whether he’d be ready for opening day, but it appears that concern was a bit misguided.

He’ll likely make his Grapefruit League debut in a bit over a week.

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