Showing posts with label Bobby Parnell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bobby Parnell. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Mets News: Parnell might need surgery if epidurals don't work

Mets News:

Bobby Parnell was officially placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a herniated disk in his neck, a day after receiving an epidural at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Bobby Parnell indicated the herniated disk in his neck is pushing on a nerve and causing discomfort down his arm. He hopes the epidural -- an anti-inflammatory injection right on the disk, which he received Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery -- will calm the issue. He said he is prepared to get a similar injection in a week, after which surgery would be considered if there is no improvement.

Parnell said he would be ready for spring training if he did require surgery.

"It's pushing on a nerve. So we've got to get the inflammation out of there and take it one day at a time, see how it goes," Parnell said. "... It's just a holding pattern right now. We'll see what happens. If it works the first time, that's great. I think you can have up to two epidurals. I'm going to try that until I can't anymore. If it doesn't work, then surgery is an option. If I do have surgery, they said I'll be ready for spring training next year. It's just a waiting game right now."

Sandy Alderson suggested surgery ultimately may be required.

“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,” Alderson said. “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.”

Terry Collins said the Mets will mix and match at closer. Among the considerations: David Aardsma, LaTroy Hawkins, Gonzalez Germen and Carlos Torres.

As we all know by now, Wilmer Flores has taken Parnell's spot on the roster.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Mets News: Closer Bobby Parnell likely to go on DL

Mets News:

During a follow-up exam for neck discomfort Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Bobby Parnell received an injection to try to quiet the issue.

Parnell is likely to be placed on the disabled list.

Players typically cannot appear for a couple of days after receiving anti-inflammatory injections anyway. And Parnell has not appeared in a game since last Tuesday, meaning a 15-day DL stint can be backdated. He would be eligible to be activated from the DL next Thursday.

How the Mets will handle closing in Parnell's absence is not clear. David Aardsma blew Friday's save chance. So LaTroy Hawkins or Gonzalez Germen might get the next shot. Or, if the Mets face a string of lefties in the ninth, perhaps Pedro Feliciano or Scott Rice gets a chance.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Mets News: Bobby Parnell still sidelined with neck troubles

Mets News:

Mets closer Bobby Parnell was unavailable for the fifth straight day as he continues to deal with a sore neck. Parnell has not improved much the past few days, according to manager Terry Collins.

"He feels better but not enough to pitch him, for sure, today," Collins said.

Parnell last pitched against Miami on July 30. He's taken medication and will be re-examined Monday. The team will have a better idea of whether it needs to place Parnell on the disabled list after that examination.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Parnell wants to stay with the Mets

Bobby Parnell knows he could be trade bait no matter how unlikely a deadline deal appears for the New York Mets.

When the Trading deadline passes Wednesday, the hard-throwing closer hopes to still have a locker in Flushing.

“This is my home,” Parnell told the New York Daily News. “I got drafted by them, I have been here since ’08. Citi Field is my home. This is my team. I thoroughly enjoy playing here. I feel the direction of the team is awesome and I want to be a part of that.”

The 28-year-old right-hander has stepped up in the absence of the injured Frank Francisco, posting a 2.16 ERA with 22 saves in 49 appearances.

The Mets reportedly want a top prospect for Parnell, who won’t become a free agent until 2016.

“I feel like every year, there is something being said about it,” Parnell said of the trade rumors. “It’s an awesome feeling. If you are being considered for a trade, obviously you’ve done something right. The other aspect is that I haven’t been traded yet, so the Mets like me being here.”

Mets Rumors: Mets to stay quiet at the trading deadline and will not make any trades

Mets had calls on Gee, but nothing materialized

Mets Rumors:

The Mets are still saying they will almost certainly remain quiet today and not make any trades, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Mets have been giving off the impression that they won't make any moves for several weeks.

Meanwhile, the Mets had a few calls on Dillon Gee earlier this month, but nothing materialized, according to David Lennon of Newsday (on Twitter). Now that the Mets need to limit Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler's innings, they'll hold off on parting with the 27-year-old.

Marlon Byrd has drawn the interest of multiple clubs, including the Orioles, but the Mets have maintained a high asking price with the intention of hanging on to the outfielder unless someone makes an offer too good to walk away from. The Mets have also received nibbles on closer Bobby Parnell, but haven't gotten anything good enough to seriously consider a deal.

Terry Collins was quoted saying, "If nothing happens ... I know it's in the best interest of the organization," "We've got some young players that are here that we're trying to play. If some of the more experienced people are here tomorrow, it's because they're trying to help us. You know, we owe our fans some competition, too."

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mets Rumors: Byrd, Collins, Feliciano, Byrdak, Parnell, Murphy, Buck, Young

Mets Rumors:

The Orioles are interested in the Mets' Marlon Byrd. However, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that Byrd is "highly unlikely" to be traded and Bobby Parnell is "highly, highly unlikely" to be moved .

A Mets executive told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he would be surprised if manager Terry Collins were replaced after the season. The Mets are happy with the job that Collins has done, and the executive says the team is doing a good job of "sprinting to the finish line" with Collins at the helm (Twitter). Collins still only under contract through the 2013 season.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post, tweets that left-handed relief is in such high demand, the Mets actually received calls checking in on how Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano were progressing in their rehab.

Tim Byrdak's contract contains a clause that allows him to leave the Mets should another team offer him a Major League roster spot. After being contacted by an interested team, the Mets would have 48 hours to add Byrdak to their own big league roster. If they chose not to do so, Byrdak would be free to join the new team, and the Mets would receive no compensation.

Nothing has changed on the Marlon Byrd and Bobby Parnell front, according to Sherman (on Twitter). The Mets have received nibbles on both, but not nearly enough to make a deal likely.

The Mets are seeking a "Wheeler type" top prospect in exchange for Parnell, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter). Given that exorbitant price tag, it's no surprise that interest hasn't picked up much.

Sherman adds that the Mets had hoped to see interest in Daniel Murphy, John Buck and Eric Young Jr., but to this point they haven't received calls on that group. As such, they're likely to simply try to win as many games as they can with the current group in the season's second half.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets do not expect to make any trades before trading deadline

Mets Rumors:

Terry Collins echoed publicly what team officials recently have expressed privately: The Mets, while not ruling anything out, do not expect to make a trade before Wednesday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline.

"You look at our team, and right now we've got some guys that are playing good," Collins said Sunday morning. "And I don't know what's going to happen the next three days. ... If I was a team that was in a hunt, who had a couple of holes, I'd go searching and we've got some guys. But from everything I'm hearing right now, there's no reason to think we're going to change."

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mets Rumors: Marlon Byrd, Bobby Parnell Staying Put??

Mets Rumors: Marlon Byrd, Bobby Parnell Staying Put??

The Mets would need to be "blown away" to trade Parnell, tweets David Lennon of Newsday.

The Mets aren't likely to trade Marlon Byrd, writes Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. General manager Sandy Alderson will likely employ the same strategy he did with Scott Hairston last summer. However, one scout told Martino that he's not sure if the team's plan to stand pat is just posturing to drive up trade prices.

Mets assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM (via Twitter) that the club will only move Marlon Byrd if they can get a serious return.

Mike Puma of the New York Post writes: ”It would have to be significant [talent],” Alderson said before last night's game. “I don’t want to add to the speculation because I don’t know what’s going to happen, but we want to remain competitive.” Byrd is hitting .267/.313/.498 with 15 homers while the Mets are 40-50, 12 games back from the first place Braves.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco almost ready, Parnell to remain closer

Mets News:

Frank Francisco has pitched on consecutive days with Class A St. Lucie, signaling he is moving closer to being activated from the disabled list. Sandy Alderson said Francisco should have at least another appearance in the minors as part of a rehab assignment, although Terry Collins was unsure if that would be at St. Lucie or a higher level such as Double-A Binghamton.

What happens when Francisco returns from the bout of elbow inflammation?

No surprise: At least initially Bobby Parnell will remain the closer.

"Frankie has got to show us that he can pitch back-to-back days up here -- that he's strong enough," Collins said. "We're talking three days in a row. Can he do that? The one thing I don't think we're ready to do is start to juggle our bullpen at this particular moment when Bobby has done such a good job. We'll wait until Frankie gets here to make those determinations."

As for Francisco's Sunday and Monday appearances in the Florida State League, Collins said: "The reports are his velocity has been good, his command has been pretty good."

Francisco's maximum 30-day rehab assignment began on April 17 with St. Lucie, so he almost definitely is within 10 days of returning.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Horowright, Hawkins, Santana, Parnell, Murphy, Feliciano

Mets News and Notes:
Photo courtesy, ESPN NY

Before departing for the WBC on Saturday, David Wright stopped by the complex and got PR man Jay Horwitz to slip into the third baseman's uniform. The idea came from an early morning tweet from @Jay_HorwitzPR, who wrote: "Now that David Wright has left for WBC, thinking of dressing up in his uniform today. Will anyone know the difference? Look about the same."

LaTroy Hawkins, who has yet to appear in a game for the Mets, is slated to enter Grapefruit League play during the upcoming week.

Hawkins, 40, cited the long spring training as the reason he has not been pitching in spring-training games since those started a week ago. He said he will get into games at a date comparable to past spring trainings.

"Spring training really starts this week coming up," Hawkins said. "That's the way I've always done it. The whole extra week we have for the WBC, I don't think I'd go for pitching a week's more games just because the WBC is starting."

Hawkins, a right-handed reliever, went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 48 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season. In 42 innings, he allowed 45 hits and 13 walks while striking out 23.

Hawkins is on a minor league deal, but is a sound bet to make the team. He said he felt no particular urgency to get into games from the outset to impress his new employer and soldify a spot.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets to Lose Money?, Upton/Bourn Notes, Duda, Gee, Niese, Syndergaard, Mets Fishing

Mets News and Notes:

Josh Kosman in the Post reports the Mets again will lose money this season. Writes Kosman:

The team is expecting to lose more than $10 million this year, after bleeding red the past two seasons, while attendance is projected to fall for a fifth straight year, The Post has learned.

The owners can expect to take about $65 million from separately owned SportsNet New York cable network, which airs Mets games. However, Citi Field saps $43 million in debt payments, leaving a net gain of $22 million from those two assets. That means there won’t be much left to sink into the ballclub. …

The team should have more financial freedom next year, when some $50 million in payroll comes off the books, thanks to expiring contracts with Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco, although Bay will continue to receive deferred payments.

However, the Mets have paid only some of the $320 million in principal due lenders in 2014, making next year’s talks potentially tense if the Mets do not hit their own not-so-rosy projections, the source said.

John Harper in the Daily News says the Mets pitched trading Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Justin Upton late in the offseason. As for the draft-pick issue with Michael Bourn, Harper reported the Mets received a favorable initial reaction from MLB about getting the No. 11 draft pick protected, but other teams began to complain when the Mets’ desire became public. MLB then changed its stance.

Pedro Feliciano will be held out from baseball activity for two weeks while he wears a monitor that will allow team doctors to gauge the severity of his heart issue.

Lucas Duda, who is adjusting his routine at the plate, struck out in all four plate appearances against the Astros and is now 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in Grapefruit League play. Terry Collins said Duda is getting caught with his front foot still in the air as the ball reaches the plate.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mets News: Francisco Still Hurt, Mets Name Bobby Parnell Closer

Frank Francisco told reporters Tuesday that he is still dealing with inflammation in his right elbow and has been temporarily shut down. The 33-year-old missed much of the final month of the 2012 season due to elbow trouble and had surgery in December to remove a bone spur in that right elbow. He finished the 2012 season with a career-worst 5.53 ERA.

Collins later went on WFAN and announced that Bobby Parnell, the team’s set-up man last season, will begin the season as the team’s closer.

"Right now, Frankie Francisco is not going to be able to throw for a while," Collins said in the radio interview. "(Today) I’m going to go to Bobby Parnell and tell him that he’s going to be the guy we’re going to gear up to pitch the ninth inning."

Francisco played catch last week when he visited Mets camp for the day, but when asked Tuesday to put an estimate on how his elbow is feeling, Francisco responded, "I’m at zero."

Collins said the training staff was prepared for the news.

"They thought it might happen," Collins said. "So we just want to quiet the swelling down before he starts playing catch. Frank told me last week, ‘I’ll be ready.’ (Pitching coach) Dan (Warthen) and I have kind of picked some dates of importance that we think are going to be important so that we know he’ll have the innings necessary to be ready for the season. If he meets those dates, then I think he’ll be on track. If he doesn’t, we’ll have to look in other directions."

Collins originally told reporters the alternatives were Parnell and Brandon Lyon, who has two seasons with 20-plus saves, before he went on WFAN with the news that Parnell will be his closer.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dodgers have Parnell on the trade radar??

According to John Heyman of CBS Sports,  sources suggest the Dodgers are considering a variety of relievers, and could also make a play for either Indians closer Chris Perez or Mets reliever Bobby Parnell instead of  Pirates Closer Hanrahan (Red Sox also have interest).

The Pirates are willing to consider trading Hanrahan, as they have re-signed Jason Grilli, who could close. The bullpen has been a Pirates strength in recent years.

The Dodgers would prefer a left-hander, but many of their best choices appear to be right-handers -- including Hanrahan, Perez and Parnell.

OF Andre Ethier has been mentioned on the block. Can the Mets pull of a deal with the Dodgers??? Is he a right handed hitting power hitter?  No, but it is a power threat and he is in the prime of his career..

Ethier's Stats:
2006 24 LAD NL 126 441 396 50 122 20 7 11 55 5 5 34 77 .308
2007 25 LAD NL 153 507 447 50 127 32 2 13 64 0 4 46 68 .284
2008 26 LAD NL 141 596 525 90 160 38 5 20 77 6 3 59 88 .305
2009 27 LAD NL 160 685 596 92 162 42 3 31 106 6 4 72 116 .272
2010 28 LAD NL 139 585 517 71 151 33 1 23 82 2 1 59 102 .292
2011 29 LAD NL 135 551 487 67 142 30 0 11 62 0 1 58 103 .292
2012 30 LAD NL 149 618 556 79 158 36 1 20 89 2 2 50 124 .284
7 Yrs 1003 3983 3524 499 1022 231 19 129 535 21 20 378 678 .290
162 Game Avg. 162 643 569 81 165 37 3 21 86 3 3 61 110 .290
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Generated 12/20/2012.

Ethier is set to make $10.9 Million and is under contract to 2017.. Click Here for more

Starters RHP Aaron Harang and LHP Chris Cappuano have been also mentioned available... The Mets do need starting pitching help , especially in the 5th spot of the rotation..

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Streak, Duda, Patterson, Wheeler, Bay, Baxter, Valdespin, 2013 All-Star Logo, Santana, Ramirez, Parnell

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets, who had an 0-6 homestand before embarking on a three-city trip, now have lost eight straight at Citi Field. That is the team's longest home losing streak since also dropping eight straight at Shea Stadium in September 2007.

Lucas Duda appears to be heating up with Buffalo. After going 3-for-25 in his first six games following a demotion, Duda has a five-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with two homers. Duda has started the past two games in left field, after manning first base for two games.

Newly acquired right-hander Scott Patterson allowed two runs on three hits in an inning in his Buffalo debut Monday, although he had not thrown off a mound for more than a week. Patterson, 33, had asked for his release from the Mariners organization. He had received a recruiting call during the offseason from Terry Collins, but opted to sign with Seattle over Baltimore and the Mets. Patterson had a 2.89 ERA and four saves in 26 relief appearances at Triple-A Tacoma, but was not being considered for a major league promotion with Seattle.

Zack Wheeler’s second Triple-A start is scheduled for Saturday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) in Buffalo.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Trade Market, Parnell, Bay

Brett Myers might be on Mets Radar
Some Mets News and Notes:

Assistant GM John Ricco tells columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post that the Mets will explore the trade market for relievers. "Our numbers are what they are," Ricco told Davidoff. "... It’s not too early to do the research. It’s probably too early to make a move, although each year there is several preemptive ones. For the seller more than the buyer.”

Davidoff goes on to list Houston's Brett Myers, San Diego's Huston Street, Oakland's Grant Balfour and Minnesota's Matt Capps (who just landed on the DL) as some of the best pieces potentially available.

Bobby Parnell will serve as the closer during Frank Francisco's stint on the disabled list for a strained left oblique.

Jason Bay was cleared to begin physical activity Monday. The first step was to ride a stationary bicycle. If concussion symptoms do not recur, he will run midweek and begin baseball activities during the weekend.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Mets considered the idea of trading Bobby Parnell?

ESPN's Adam Rubin reports that the Mets were mulling over the idea of trading Bobby Parnell to an unknown team for a starting position player.

The Mets drastically revamped their bullpen on Tuesday, signing Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco to handle the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, and also landing Ramon Ramirez in a trade with the Giants, so they've got the depth to make it work. Parnell though, as Rubin points out, is controllable for four more years, while Ramirez and Rauch are free agents following 2012.

It's not surprising to see other teams interested in the flamethrowing 27-year-old, though. Parnell's average fastball sat at a blistering 97.2mph last season, and he posted a 3.64 ERA, 9.7 K/9, 4.1 BB/9, and 50.6% groundball rate in 59 1/3 innings.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Duda, Pagan, Bay, Wright, Parnell

Headaches continue to rack Lucas Duda, and Terry Collins indicated that he has the symptoms of a concussion. That is not the official diagnosis, but it does not sound.

“Lucas is unchanged,” Collins said. “I’ll be surprised if he plays again this year.”

Angel Pagan?

He’s still got symptoms related to whacking himself in the head with a bat last week. So it’s doubtful he’ll be back this year, too.

And Jason Bay is still suffering from a sinus infection.

He will visit a doctor again tomorrow, and hopefully be prescribed a new round of antibiotics.

And David Wright has the day off......... Which means . . . Willie Harris is batting third.

Bobby Parnell will get the chance to close today. Of course, Roy Halladay is pitching for the Phillies. So his chances to close this one out is slim to none..

Friday, August 19, 2011

K-Rod on Bobby Parnell as Mets Closer

With Jason Isringhausen having reached 300 saves as the Mets closer,  Bobby Parnell is getting groomed for the future Mets' closing role.

Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod), who is back at Citi Field this weekend with the Milwaukee Brewers, offers this analysis of Parnell as a closer candidate:

“That kid has great stuff and I love him to death," K-Rod said. "He's a guy who shows up to the stadium to prove himself, works hard day in and day out. Unfortunately, he's not getting the job done. He's leaving the ball up, not making quality pitches when he needs to. He's getting hit around a little bit.

“The only way you can find out if he is capable to get it done is let him do that job in the ninth inning. Throw him out in a tough situation and let him get experience. That's the only way they are going to find if he is capable or not.

“He has the tools and the mentality. He might have to get a little bit mean and start bossing people and get a little angry out there. ... When he has the ball they're going to hit whatever he wants, not what the hitter wants.”

Source: ESPN/ Adam Rubin

Thursday, July 14, 2011

K-Rod Endorses Parnell As Mets Next Closer

This season K-Rod has served as a bullpen mentor for Bobby Parnell, even endorsing the hard throwing righty just last week. Rodriguez said this about Parnell's closing abilities:
He can do it and he knows it. I love that kid. I talk to him a lot and I love him. He's a guy who comes here everyday trying to improve himself to get better and better. He definitely has the tools.
Parnell was crowned the 8th inning man for the Mets in spring training but had a 6.14 ERA in April when he was placed on the disabled list with circulatory issues in his right hand. Since returning to the Mets on June 2nd, he regularly hit 100 mph on radar guns, has only 3 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings with a 1.56 ERA. GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Wednesday that there are strong candidates in the existing bullpen who can take on the closer role.
Izzy has been in that role before, and pitched effectively in that role and effectively for us, this year. And the way Bobby Parnell has thrown the last three weeks or so has been impressive and also was a factor.
Alderson went on to say that those decisions will be best left up for Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen to address.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Parnell shows signs of life in Buffalo, throwing in the mid 90's

Bobby Parnell's rehab assignment had been just mediocre until Sunday.

The injured New York Mets relief pitcher had made seven appearances with the Buffalo Bisons, with a 4.50 earned-run average in six innings.

In the opener of a doubleheader with the Gwinnett Braves he showed the type of pitching it will take to get him back to the big leagues. Parnell closed out the Bisons' 5-3 win before an announced crowd of 8,197 at Coca-Cola Field by pitching two scoreless innings.

He struck out three straight batters at one point and ended the sixth inning with a blazing 99 mph fastball to get Braves catcher J.C. Boscan looking.
"That's the best I've seen his stuff this year," Bisons manager Tim Teufel said. "Hopefully, he can repeat it. He keeps throwing like that, you never know."
Parnell was expected to be the Mets' primary set-up man out of the bullpen until he went on the disabled list April 21 with clotting in his right (throwing) middle finger. The injury caused numbness. An angiogram was performed, but no serious risk was found.

Parnell, who was not available to speak to the media after the Bisons completed a doubleheader sweep with a 2-1 win in the nightcap, had consistent velocity in the mid-90s.
"It's good to see his release point come together and really throw the ball well. I'm sure he's been waiting for that kind of outing from himself as well," Teufel said. "He was kind of charged up."
Parnell's performance made a winner out of starter Brian Sweeney, who pitched five innings and gave up seven hits, but just one earned run.
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