With his rehab clock nearly up, reliever Bobby Parnell will be activated by the Mets within the next few days, the team announced late Tuesday night after Parnell delivered his best rehab outing to date.
Parnell, who had Tommy John surgery in 2014, pitched a scoreless eighth inning, walking one, hitting a batter, throwing a wild pitch and striking out two during Double-A Binghamton's 8-1 win over Bowie.
The erstwhile Mets closer has had a rocky road back to the big leagues. In 15 games, Parnell struck out 11 in 14 innings, walked 14, allowed 22 hits and logged an 11.57 ERA, 2.57 WHIP and .373 batting average against. He's had just six scoreless outings while pitching with Single-A Advanced St. Lucie and Binghamton and allowed three or more earned runs three times. His fastball reportedly has been clocked at 90-93 mph, down from his career 95.6 mph average.
Pitchers on the MLB disabled list can be assigned to a minor league rehab stint for a maximum of 30 days. Parnell began a rehab assignment in April, but was shut down after three appearances. He began another rehab assignment on May 11.
Parnell replaced starter Rainy Lara, who had allowed one run in seven innings, to start the eighth inning on Tuesday. He got Sharlon Schoop to fly out, then hit Glynn Davis with a pitch. Parnell struck out Ozzie Martinez, but Davis stole second base during the at-bat and Parnell followed with a walk to Mike Yastrzemski. He threw a wild pitch that advanced the runners to second and third base but recovered to strike out Brandon Snyder swinging to end the inning.
Designated hitter Brock Peterson was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks, and third baseman Josh Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a triple and two walks for Binghamton (28-29, 4th place in Eastern League Eastern, 7 games back).
Elsewhere in the minors
TRIPLE-A LAS VEGAS
(31-29, 1st place in Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern)
Second baseman Dilson Herrera was 2-for-4, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 0-for-3 during the 51s' 4-1 loss to El Paso. Both hitters are on rehab assignments because of fractured fingers and are nearing a return to the Mets.
Out since April 19, d'Arnaud is 7-for-24 with a double in seven games and is expected to return to the Mets on Wednesday night at Citi Field against the San Francisco Giants.
Herrera, who hasn't played since May 14, is 8-for-20 with three doubles in five games. No date has been given for his return to the majors.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED ST. LUCIE
(30-28, 2nd place in Florida State League South, 9 games back)
First baseman Dominic Smith was 3-for-5 with a double, and closer Akeel Morris struck out one in two-thirds of an inning for his 12th save during a 3-2 win over Daytona in 10 innings. Righthander Kevin McGowan struck out seven in six innings, allowing three hits, two walks and two runs. Smith's one-out single drove in third baseman Jeff McNeil with the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th.
Smith, the Mets' top pick in the 2013 draft, has reached base via hit or walk in 21 straight games, dating to May 18. He's hitting .372 (32-for-86) during the stretch. Of his 32 hits, 16 are doubles and two are home runs, giving Smith a .628 slugging percentage in that span. He also has four walks during the streak.
(31-27, T-1st place in South Atlantic League Southern)
Designated hitter Eudor Garcia was 3-for-5 with two home runs, and leftfielder John Mora doubled and tripled in a 9-1 win over West Virginia. Righthander Casey Meisner struck out six in seven innings, allowing six hits, one walk and one run.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 1
(5-4, T-4th place in DSL Boca Chica South, 1 game back)
Domingo Martinez was 2-for-5 with a home run and catcher Juan Uriarte went 3-for-5, but the Mets fell to the DSL Twins, 9-6.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 2
(6-3, T-2nd place in DSL Boca Chica North, 1 game back)
Righthander Ronald Guedez, 19, struck out five in five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits during an 8-5 win over the DSL Red Sox 2.