Rotowire: Dec 9 / 7:24a ET
News: While Parnell, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, may not begin the season on the active roster, manager Terry Collins said Monday that the closer's role is his to lose, ESPN New York reports.
Impact: Parnell won't throw from a mound until January and will not progress to more intense work until midway through spring training, meaning he may not be ready for regular season action until May. If Jenrry Mejia or Jeurys Familia is pitching well, Parnell, despite Collins' comments, may pitch as a setup man and only close if the Mets are struggling in the ninth inning.
Rotowire: Nov 13 / 9:07a ET
News: Parnell (elbow) is not expected to return for the start of the 2015 season, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports. "Right now I think we're projecting sometime after the season starts," GM Sandy Alderson said. "But that's just an educated guess right now."
Impact: Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery back in April and is currently throwing on flat ground at 120 feet at the team's facility in Florida. The team hopes to have him throwing off of a mound by Christmas, but they certainly won't rush his progress after such a major operation. At this point, it's difficult to see Parnell opening the year as the Mets' closer, though a more accurate return timetable will be available in the coming months.