Mets recall Logan Verett, place Bobby Parnell on the disabled list
With the Mets bullpen floundering as of late, the Mets are taking a necessary first step towards shoring up their relief corps for the middle innings.
On Tuesday, the Mets recalled RHP Logan Verrett from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Verrett was impressive in his first stint with the Mets earlier this season, as he allowed only one run in 12 1/3 innings over six relief appearances. He was optioned to the minor leagues to make room for RHP Jenrry Mejia on July 8, who subsequently was suspended for 162 games following a second PED violation in accordance with the league’s joint drug agreement.
Verrett has been serving as a starting pitcher with the 51s over the last six weeks, going 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA in five starts during that span. So, presumably Verrett is primed to make one or two spot starts later this month while they wait for Steven Matz to re-join what will then be a six-man rotation down the stretch.
To make room on the active roster, the Mets placed Bobby Parnell on the 15-day disabled list with what the team is calling right shoulder tendinitis.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Parnell was given three choices: go to the disabled list, approve an optional assignment, or be designated for assignment.
He has the right to refuse an optional assignment, as he does an outright assignment to the minor leagues, which is why the Mets presented him with these choices. But Parnell chose to go to the disabled list, which was probably the wisest choice he could have made.
It’s a warranted transaction considering he is recovering from Tommy John Surgery.
Parnell has badly struggled in his last ten relief appearances for the Mets, allowing eight walks, 15 hits and 11 earned runs in only seven innings. The opposition hit .429 against Parnell during that stretch, during which he went 0-3 with a blown save.
It’s a disappointing road block for Parnell’s long journey, but he has a lot of work to do to get himself back into big league form. His mechanics are clearly off, his velocity is up and down, and while he got off to a good start when he was activated, his season came tumbling down this past weekend when he really couldn’t get out of his own way against the Pirates.
Given where he is right now, it’s a good bet Parnell would have cleared waivers if he had chosen to be designated for assignment. But since he’s in his walk year, it would have been risky going to the minor leagues, and finishing his season there with no call-up in September.
Besides, it’s never a good thing to go into free agency having logged time as an actual minor leaguer.
Hopefully, he can get back to full strength and right his ship soon. The Mets need all of the quality help they can find down the stretch in their bullpen.
Parnell, 30, has spent his entire professional career with the Mets. He was the organization’s ninth round pick in the 2005 first-year player draft, and made his debut three years later in September, 2008. He is 19-27 with a 3.69 ERA with 37 saves and 120 games finished in 322 appearances, eight of which are starts. 22 of those saves came in 2013 when he posted a career-best 2.16 ERA and 166 ERA+ with 12 walks and 44 strikeouts in 50 innings.
He was sidelined for the final two months of the 2013 with a herniated disc in his neck, which ultimately required surgery. He was then lost for the entire 2014 season after blowing a save on Opening Day when he required Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow.
Original post, 12:49 pm, update 2:12 pm