Bobby Parnell, who is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery in April, will not be throwing off a mound for another four months, according to Newsday's Marc Carig. The news shouldn't come as much of a surprise, considering the Mets waited just over nine months from his surgery to let Matt Harvey throw off a mound. It is, however, noteworthy that Parnell says he's feeling great after requiring surgery just one game into the 2014 season.
It's easy to forget that Parnell has been the best and most consistent Mets reliever over the past several years, notching 22 saves with a stellar 2.16 ERA in 2013. With the emergence of both Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia as solid back-end bullpen options, though, Michael Avallone wrote that it's unclear who will enter 2015 as the team's closer. Furthermore, Steve Schreiber hypothesized that Parnell's increasing price tag could make him a surprise non-tender option in 2015. Whether or not Parnell is the 2015 Mets closer, it is certainly good to know that his rehab is on the right track.