BALTIMORE - Bobby Parnell has been woefully ineffective of late and the Mets don't have time to wait for him to get right. So the team went to him Monday and suggested a trip to the disabled list.
Voilà! Just like that, Parnell Tuesday went on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis and was replaced on the roster by righthander Logan Verrett.
Manager Terry Collins didn't mince words when talking about Parnell, the veteran who is in his first year back from Tommy John (elbow) surgery.
"Hey, look it's crunch time," Collins said. "If there's issues, be it a flat time because you're coming off surgery, hey, look, we've got to find somebody else. That's just the way it is. Bobby understands that. He went out there and did the best he could under the circumstances."
Parnell, who is not with the team, drew boos from Mets fans at Citi Field after a pair of high-leverage losses against the Pirates last weekend. He allowed two earned runs and three hits without retiring a batter in Friday night's 3-2, 10-inning loss. He then allowed four runs (two earned) and two hits in two-thirds of an inning in Sunday's 8-1 defeat. Parnell is 1-3 with a 5.59 ERA and one save.
Verrett, 25, has allowed one run in 122/3 innings with 12 strikeouts in six games this year with the Mets. Collins said Verrett would get a shot as a late-inning reliever, but he is also stretched out enough that he could be an option as a spot starter.
Lucas Duda (back) returned to the starting lineup and went 1-for-5 after a six-game absence. He pinch hit Saturday . . . David Wright, who could return Monday in Philadelphia, went 0-for-1 with three walks and his third error last night for St. Lucie (A).