The Mets announced that reliever Bobby Parnell will rejoin the Mets on Wednesday and then be activated from the DL within a few days.
Parnell had a 30-day rehab clock in the minors that was set to expire, and because he has more than five years of service time in the majors, he could have refused an assignment to the minors.
He appeared in his final rehab game on Tuesday for Double-A Binghamton and tossed a scoreless inning albeit with a walk, a hit batter and wild pitch.
Overall, the numbers for Parnell in 15 rehab appearances are not good, posting a 11.57 ERA over 14 innings and getting tagged for 22 hits, 14 walks, three wild pitches and two hit batters.
Additionally, his fastball velocity is far below his norm, averaging about 92 mph.
Despite his subpar numbers, the Mets hope that he can soon find his form while with the big league team.
“You don’t know until he gets here,” Terry Collins said. “He may amp it up and pitch at 95, 96 a little bit. So he might have it still. But we won’t know until he’s here.”
As for his role, Collins added, “I think I’ll just get him in there and let him get his feet wet again.”
Parnell, the team’s former closer, last pitched in the majors on Opening Day in 2014, then underwent Tommy John surgery eight days later.