Parnell, who is coming back from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, made his first appearance of the spring and everything went very well according to all accounts.
“Huge step,” Collins said. “To see him out there for the first time and really see him let loose. He’s been a little tentative in the pen. I understand it. But he threw the ball great. Those last five or six he let go good.”
Parnell faced five batters in the ninth and allowed one hit and an unearned run, and told reporters that he went full throttle to get the third out.
“I wanted to see how my mechanics would be with the adrenaline rush,” Parnell said. “That at-bat (against Tyler Greene) got me going.”
The moment wasn’t lost on Collins. “A lot of things change and fall into place when the closer is 100 percent,” the Mets manager said.
“I’m excited. I’m happy,” Parnell would add. “I’m glad everything went well and got it behind me and can move on to the next one.”
This might of been the most significant news from Mets camp on Sunday. Huge step forward for Parnell and good news for a Mets bullpen that could really use some.