I reported back in September that Parnell, who had Tommy John surgery in April, was progressing as planned but was not scheduled to start throwing for another four months.
An update on Parnell, as reported by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, is that Parnell is progressing nicely in his rehab and looked "absolutely tremendous" in his workouts, according to manager Terry Collins. Parnell wont throw off a mound for about another month and a half and will miss the start of Grapefruit League games.
With the emergence of Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia at the back-end of the bullpen, the Mets are in good hands until Parnell is ready. But Collins is excited about how Parnell is progressing.
"Wait until you see him. You can tell he's been out working out. He's big and strong and we're anxious to get him back on the mound, because I think he's going to be a huge piece before the season's over."Parnell was drafted by the Mets in the ninth round of the 2005 amateur draft. He had 13 saves combined in 2011 and 2012 before taking over as the closer last season. In 49 games, Parnell had 22 saves and a 2.16 ERA. He allowed only 38 hits and 12 walks in 50 innings, while striking out 44. In 299 career games, Parnell has a record of 18-24 with 36 saves and a 3.57 ERA.
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