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Neck pain continues to shelve Bobby Parnell

Bobby Parnell delivers a pitch in the ninth

Bobby Parnell delivers a pitch in the ninth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on July 20, 2013. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Bobby Parnell's stiff neck remains a lingering issue. It sidelined the Mets closer again Friday night, and he likely will miss Saturday's game as well.

Parnell, who has been dealing with the aching neck for much of the past week, was examined by a doctor Friday and prescribed medication to loosen the muscles, manager Terry Collins said.

Parnell will be re-examined Monday, though Collins said he might be able to pitch tomorrow.

David Aardsma will be the Mets' fill-in closer this weekend instead of LaTroy Hawkins because Collins likes how Hawkins has been pitching in the eighth.

Edgin disabled

The Mets placed lefthanded reliever Josh Edgin on the disabled list yesterday after an MRI revealed a fractured rib on his left side.

Edgin said doctors told him he likely will be out between four and six weeks, meaning he likely will miss the majority of the Mets' remaining games.

Edgin said he first felt "a pull" on his left side after an outing three weeks ago in Pittsburgh but didn't think it was more than a slight muscle tweak. The discomfort persisted, escalating to the point that he brought it to the trainer's attention after pitching a scoreless inning Monday in Miami.

Pedro Feliciano, who last pitched for the Mets in 2010, was called up from Triple-A to take Edgin's roster spot.

Trainer's room

Jon Niese, on the disabled list since June 21 with a rotator cuff tear, will pitch another minor-league rehab game, likely Tuesday, with Class A Brooklyn or Double-A Binghamton, Collins said. The Mets hope he will be able to return to the majors after his next rehab start.

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