The Mets have activated relief pitcher Bobby Parnell and second baseman Dilson Herrera from the disabled list. In order to make room for the two, Dillon Gee has been placed on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother, and Ruben Tejada has been placed on paternity leave following the birth of his daughter.
Parnell, who has been recovering from Tommy John surgery, has not pitched since Opening Day 2014. He was the Mets’ primary closer in 2013, when he had a 2.16 ERA and 22 saves. Despite his pre-surgery success, he struggled during his month-long rehab assignment. In 15 appearances with Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton this season, he had an 11.57 ERA and blew all three of his save chances. Parnell will now be joining a bullpen that has been among the best in baseball.
As for Herrera, who has been out since May 15 with a broken finger, he has fared much better in his rehab games. The 21-year-old hit .421 in five minor-league games before being activated. Herrera will likely get a significant amount of playing time with both Tejada and Daniel Murphy out.