The Mets have placed Bobby Parnell on the disabled list with what is being officially labeled a "circulatory problem of the middle finger." Parnell complained of middle-finger numbness after last night's uninspired loss to the Astros at Citi Field, an affliction we can all empathize with having watched the first three weeks of the season.
The Mets have yet to announce a replacement for Parnell on the active roster, and it's entirely possible they'll go with 24 players tonight with Jason Bay anxiously awaiting his activation for Thursday's affair. Running a man short tonight isn't really a big deal since Parnell, if healthy, could well have had the night off anyway.
Parnell has eleven strikeouts and five walks in 7.1 innings and has allowed nearly two baserunners per frame. His velocity is off a touch compared to last year and he has been favoring his slider in the early going, but it's not clear if those are side effects of the finger numbness or unrelated, first-month aberrations.