Anthony Recker heading to the Instructional League, Bobby Parnell left off the playoff roster
The Mets have begun to round out their roster plans for the Division Series ahead of the conclusion of the regular season.
Anthony Recker said he is heading to Port St. Lucie this week to play in the Instructional League in an effort to stay sharp if he’s needed as an injury replacement during the Division Series.
That means Kevin Plawecki will be Travis d’Arnaud’s backup in the Division Series.
In addition, according to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News, Bobby Parnell will not be on the playoff roster.
Parnell’s exclusion really is no surprise. He has struggled mightily upon returning from Tommy John Surgery even though he was solid out of the gate. His fastball and knuckle-curve simply lacked a lot of life and he was badly ineffective for the bulk of the time he was with the Mets in 2015. It’s unfortunate as he has a very uncertain road ahead of him with his free agency looming after the season, and a lot to prove as he attempts to reinvent himself in the future.
Parnell has a 2-4 record with a 6.38 ERA in 30 appearances for the Mets in 2015. He made his 2015 debut on June 13 after missing nearly 22 months from a herniated disc in his neck and Tommy John Surgery.
Parnell was mostly ineffective in his last 17 outings in particular, pitching 11 2/3 innings and allowing 16 earned runs, 13 walks and 21 hits during that span. He recorded one out or less in six of those 17 outings.