PORT LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell threw batting practice Saturday, facing batters for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short by a neck injury.
Parnell last pitched in a game on July 30. He missed the final two months of the season and had surgery Sept. 10 to repair a herniated disc in his neck. The right-hander threw 36 pitches to David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Eric Young Jr.
Parnell said he was able to keep the ball down and didn't feel any discomfort in his neck or right arm.
The Mets are being cautious with Parnell, but he is currently scheduled to throw a second batting practice on Tuesday.
He said he'll throw at least one more batting practice session before getting into a game.