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Bobby Parnell is pleased with his progress after Tommy John surgery and expects to be ready for spring training (NJ.com, Sept. 3).

Parnell, ?named the Mets closer before the season only to get hurt on Opening Day, was in the Mets clubhouse during their series in Miami. Parnell is doing his rehab in Port St. Lucie.

Parnell told NJ.com he is throwing from 60 feet and will move to 75 feet next week. He is not scheduled to throw off a mound until after Christmas.

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AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5, @ Buffalo Bisons 3

With two outs in the top of the eighth inning and the Bisons leading 3-2, Bobby Parnell was summoned to pitch to Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero. ?Montero took a 0-1 hanging slider deep over the right-center field wall for a go-ahead three-run home run. Josh Stinson (pictured)was in line for the victory before the Montero blast. ?Stinson's 7 2/3 IP, 3 hits, 2 er, 0 bb, 6k performance was his best since joining the Bisons.

Val Pascucci (1-4, HR (2), RBI) hit his second home run of the season for the Bisons. ?Michael Fischer (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Nick Evans (2-4) each had multi-hit games.

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Prior to yesterday's 7-3 loss to the Braves, Jerry Manuel told reporters that Bobby Parnell will return to the bullpen.

Parnell was 1-5 with a 7.93 ERA in eight starts for the Mets.

Parnell was not very upset, telling reporters:

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Prior to yesterday's game, Jerry Manuel told reporters that Bobby Parnell is not guaranteed to stay in the rotation for the remainder of the season.

Manuel told reporters:

"I have to see and know where he is individually and mentally, if we feel it is somewhat productive to keep giving him an opportunity."

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Last night, Bobby Parnell had perhaps his finest outing since being moved into the starting rotation, headlined by working out of a bases loaded, nobody out situation in the seventh inning of last night's 6-2 win over the Cubs.

After the game, Parnell told reporters:

"It was a good feeling out there."

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I don’t know what to make of Bobby Parnell’s first major-league start last night, during which he threw 68 pitches, allowed eight base runners and lasted just 2.1 innings.

“I felt good at the end and still had stuff in the tank,” Parnell told reporters following the game.

Basically, it was like a typical relief outing, except he pitched the first three innings not the last.

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Bobby Parnell will make his first major-league start tonight, when the Mets take on the Padres at 10 pm.

Parnell had been 2–3 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP in 45.2 innings in relief this season, while striking out 38 batters.

Parnell, who pitched as a starter in the minor leaguers, told reporters that being a starting pitcher in the major leagues is a dream come true.

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Bobby Parnell has been moved to the starting rotation and will start Saturday against the Padres.

In addition, Mike Pelfrey will start Monday in Arizona.

...as Matt reported earlier, it had been speculated that Parnell would take over for Jon Niese and i think that they have nothing to lose at this point by seeing what he has to offer as a starter...they need to explore all options at this point...

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the buzz from Citi Field yesterday suggested Bobby Parnell could get Monday’s start against the D-Backs, in place of Jon Niese, who will have season-ending surgery on his hamstring

i never thought the Mets would move him back to the rotation, because of the success he has had in the bullpen… however, maybe they learned their lesson with Aaron Heilman… who knows… the thing with parnell, though, like so many young pitchers, is whether he can command his secondary pitches, specifically the split-finger fastball he’s been working on since spring training… nevertheless, at this point, he most certainly should get a chance for a few starts… at worst, he’s a bust, and they know he has value still in the bullpen… however, what if he’s a success

Meanwhile, according to Adam Rubin in the Daily News, Elmer Dessens is expected to replace Niese on the roster.

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Bobby Parnell pitched three scoreless innings today for a save against the Cardinals.

He pitched two innings in relief on Monday.

Following today’s game, Jerry Manuel said the Mets have been considering whether to move Parnell back to the rotation.

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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Mets turned down trading Bobby Parnell for OF Scott Hairston, who the Padres eventually sent to the A’s for two minor-league pitchers.

The 28–year-old Hairston hit .299 with 10 HR and 14 doubles in 197 at bats for San Diego this season.

Hairston is arbitration eligible through 2011, after which he can be a free agent.

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Yesterday, Brian Schneider hit a three-run home run off the porch to put the Mets up one run in the sixth inning.

The Mets then took the field, where Bobby Parnell faced four batters and allowed a hit to each, including a two-run home run to B.J. Upton and an RBI double to Evan Longoria.

Parnell has retired just two of the last 11 batters he faced, spanning three games.

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This morning on ESPN Radio, Peter Gammons said the Nationals offered Nick Johnson to the Red Sox for 27?year-old set-up man?Manny Delcarmen, who has a 0.95 ERA in 18 relief appearances for Boston.

?this makes sense, since i was told by a person connected to the team that the Nationals will likely want Bobby Parnell from the Mets for johnson? in my opinion, this is fair, but is not worth the risk because of johnson?s history with injuries?

Parnell is 2?0 with a 1.96 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Mets.

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Brian Costa of The Star-Ledger profiles the young Bobby Parnell, who has apparently been impressing with his arm and his attitude.

"If he doesn't make the Mets' Opening Day roster, the plan is for him to be a starter at Triple-A Buffalo", Costa writes.? "But so far, he has made a good case for himself to be in the Mets bullpen."

Talking about Parnell's potential, GM Omar Minaya said, "We thought it could take him a little time, but with his fastball and the way he pitches, we thought he could definitely be a starter still, but possibly a reliever."

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Update, 10:55 am:

From what I can gather, Cherry will be returned to the O’s.

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Saturday, in the Mets 7-2 loss to the Tigers, both Jon Niese and Bobby Parnell made their Spring Training debuts.

Niese started and worked hard in two innings.? In the first, the first three Tigers all reached base, although only one run scored.? In the second, he yielded a homer to Brandon Inge.? All told, he gave up two runs on two hits and two walks while fanning two.

Bobby Parnell did not allow a hit in three innings, although he walked three.

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The Mets drafted RHP Robert Parnell in the ninth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Here is my interview today with Parnell, who talks about learning a split-finger fastball from J.J. Putz:

Here is my final question, in text, about him potentially switching from being a starting pitcher to a reliever:

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Here is a quick 30–second video of J.J. Putz teaching a split-finger fastball to Robert Parnell – John Maine walks up mid-way, asks what they’re working on and then sticks around to watch:

Later in the day, I talked with Parnell, for an interview that SNY will upload later today, during which we talk about the split-finger, how long it takes to develop, as well as any advice he has been given from veteran relievers on potentially switching to the bullpen.

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John Sickels has published his version of the Top 20 Mets Prospects on Minor League Ball.

Sickels believes SS-3B Wilmer Flores is the team’s top prospects, who he gives a B+, and says, “I might take some flack for this, but in this case I think his upside is higher than Fernando Martinez.  If I could have just one of them, I’d pick Flores.”

Sickels ranks Martinez second, followed in order by LHP Jon Niese, RHP Brad Holt, SS Reese Havens, 3B Jefry Marte, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Robert Parnell, RHP Eddie Kunz and 1B Nick Evans, who round out the Top 10.

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The following, from Baseball Prospctus, is Kevin Goldstein's list of the Top 11 Mets Prospects:

Four-Star Prospects: 1. OF Fernando Martinez, 2. SS Wilmer Flores, and 3. 3B Jefry Marte

Three-Star Prospects: 4. RHP Brad Holt, 5. LHP Jon Niese, 6. SS Reese Havens, and 7. RHP Jenrry Mejia

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In a report for the Star-Ledger, Dan Graziano says a) the Mets will sign one of the big three free-agent closers, and b) they will focus on ‘strikeouts,’ when rebuilding their bullpen for 2009, according to ‘a person familiar with the team’s off-season plans.’

This is why, as Graziano explains, “the Mets are telling teams they're not shopping Eddie Kunz and Robert Parnell, who should get a shot at the big-league pen in 2009 if they aren't dealt.”

Speaking of relief pitchers, and potential set-up men, the Giants are the most recent team to express interest in free-agent LHP Joe Beimel, reports MLB.com.

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Paul Greco of Gotham Baseball has been hanging out in Arizona talking to players and clearly sitting with the scouts at the games.? He posted a really strong player by player review for both the Mets and Yankees.

Excerpts of his commentary follows, as usual, mine is italicized.

P ? Eddie Kunz : Although he's been a closer in the minor leagues, the scouts told me that he is not aggressive enough to be a closer at the major league level.? As a matter of fact, two scouts I spoke with went as far to say that Eddie Kunz would be no better than a situational right handed pitcher.

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Several Mets prospects are participating in this season's Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Saguaros, who are 5-0 in their first week of action.

The following are stats for each Mets prospect playing in the AFL:

3B Shawn Bowman: .545 (6-for-11), 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI

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Last night, Duaner Sanchez entered the game with two outs and nobody on base, yet let three runs score in the seventh inning, ‘essentially putting the game away.’

Prior to Sanchez, Ricardo Rincon retired the only two hitters he faced.  Following Sanchez, rookie RHP Robert Parnell retired all three batters he faced getting two ground outs and pop up.

I try to not hold Jerry Manuel responsible when the bullpen does well, nor when it does bad.  The bullpen is what it is, and, like my Grandmother used to say, “It’s hard to blame the shooter when the gun is out of bullets.”

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The Mets have announced nine players will be added to the roster before tomorrow's game versus the Brewers.

In addition to Marlon Anderson being activated from the disabled list, INF Ramon Martinez, C Gustavo Molina, RHP Carlos Muniz, LHP Jon Niese, RHP Robert Parnell, RHP Al Reyes, 2B Argenis Reyes and LHP Ricardo Rincon will join the team in Milwaukee.

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RHP Bobby Parnell will make his triple-A debut tonight for New Orleans. He was promoted from double-A Binghamton over the weekend. He takes Claudio Vargas?s place while the veteran deals with inflammation in his elbow. Parnell, the Mets ninth round pick in 2005 out of Charleston Southern, represents a strong data point in the Mets recent ability to find solid value when drafting pitchers. In order to provide an impact at the big league level, he?ll need to continue to improve his off-speed offerings.

Parnell leaves double-A with a 10-6 record and a 4.30 ERA to go along with 91 strikeouts and 57 walks in 127.2 IP. After May 1, he was 9-3 with a 2.69 ERA. In his most recent 105 IP, he had 78 strikeouts and 43 walks.

Despite pitching at double-A at the end of the 2007 season, Parnell had a really rough April, 2008. His explanation for the ups and downs of the season: ?Early on, I think I was just trying to do too much and wasn?t able to relax on the mound, pushing a little bit too hard. Lately, I?ve been getting in a good rhythm early. Maybe staying in my rhythm has helped me out.?

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Just as I was preparing a post comparing the relative merits of importing Jon Niese or Claudio Vargas from AAA or Bobby Parnell from AA for the Mets rotation, comes word from Will Carroll at Baseball Prospectus that the Mets are expected to sign Livan Hernandez by "mid-week." Hmmm.

Really? Hernandez had allowed almost 13 hits per nine innings and was 21(!) runs worse than the average pitcher in 139 innings! The Twins decided he wasn't good enough to pitch for a first place team.

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Last night for Triple-A New Orleans, Mets LHP Jon Niese let up two runs and six hits in six innings.

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so far, Bobby Parnell has set down the first six Marlins to face him, including Dan Uggla, Mike Jacobs, Josh Willingham and Hanley Ramirez, who struck out looking on an outside fastball…

…the kid has a live arm, the ball just slings from his wrist and tails in to right-handed hitters with ease…for instance, i would guess that he’s throwing in the mid-90s, based on the zip and swings of the hitters, yet he’s only reaching 92 at best…

…in the third, jacobs hit a hanging curve to left for a pop out, while the other two batters gave his fastball quite a ride…he needs to locate the fastball better, and utilize its natural movement…

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