The Mets have shut Bobby Parnell down for five days, as he has felt soreness in his forearm in his attempt to come back from Tommy John surgery. Parnell was assessed by team doctors, and while nothing abnormal was found, the Mets are being cautious and shutting him down temporarily.
Parnell had the surgery last April, but he has been rehabbing with the High-A St. Lucie Mets recently. In three appearances with the club, he has a 10.12 ERA in two-and-two-thirds innings of work and has given up six hits, three walks, and three earned runs.
In 2013, Parnell converted 21 of 24 save opportunities and had a 2.16 ERA. If he returns to the Mets this year, it is unclear what his role will be. Although Jenrry Mejia is currently serving an 80-game suspension, fellow relief pitcher Jeurys Familia has already notched eight saves and seems to have locked down the closer's role for the foreseeable future.