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Parnell (elbow) faced batters Thursday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April, ESPN New York reports.

Parnell was originally supposed to face batters this weekend but that timeframe was moved up slightly. The batters only tracked pitches and did not swing but it was the next step in Parnell's recovery and return from the surgery. Parnell is still expected to open the year on the disabled list and possibly come off as early as May 1.

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Parnell (elbow) will face batters this weekend for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April, ESPN New York reports.

Parnell will still open 2015 on the disabled list, as Mets manager Terry Collins estimates the right-hander won't be activated until early May. Even that timetable may be a bit optimistic, given that most pitchers need 12-to-18 months to rehab from Tommy John surgery.

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Parnell (elbow) may miss the first two-to-three weeks of the season, ESPN New York reports.This is really just a rough estimate, as Parnell hasn't been ruled out for the beginning of year, while it's still possible that he misses more than two-to-three weeks. Having undergone Tommy John surgery on Apr. 8, Parnell will be almost exactly a year removed from the procedure on Opening Day. There's no guarantee that Parnell returns to the closer's role, as the Mets now have other viable options in the form of Jennry Mejia and Jeurys Familia.

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Parnell (Tommy John surgery) and the Mets avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year deal worth the same $3.7 million Parnell made last season, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports.

Parnell may not begin the season on the active roster as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. He is slated to throw off a mound sometime this month and ramp up his activities through spring training. Parnell may not be ready until May and will either get his closer role back or set up either Jennry Mejia or Jeurys Familia.

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While Parnell, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is unlikely to begin the season active, manager Terry Collins said Monday that the closer role is his to lose, ESPN New York reports.

Parnell won't thrown from a mound until January and progress to larger duty until midway through spring training, meaning he may not be ready for game action until May. If Jenrry Mejia or Jeurys Familia are pitching well, Parnell, despite Collins' comments, may pitch as a set-up man and only close if the Mets are struggling in the ninth inning.

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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."

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.

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Parnell, who had Tommy John surgery on Apr. 8, hopes to throw off a mound around Christmas, ESPN New York reports.

Parnell has been playing catch for three weeks and will throw throughout the winter, rather than shutting it down for the off-season. If he is able to throw off a mound around Xmas, there is a good possibility he will be ready for the beginning of spring training, though the Mets may bring him long slowly.

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Parnell played catch Saturday for the first time since his Tommy John surgery back on Apr. 8, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

Parnell still has a long road to recovery but hopes to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

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Bobby Parnell (elbow) indicated Thursday that doctors have told him it's "50/50" whether he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Parnell has a torn medial collateral ligament, but because the tear is in the thick part of the ligament doctors are giving him a better chance to heal via rest and rehab. He's been given a platelet-rich plasma injection and will be re-evaluated after two weeks. Parnell said he may make a decision on surgery after those two weeks are up rather than wait six weeks as had been previously reported.

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Bobby Parnell is not expected to make a decision about Tommy John elbow surgery for another six weeks.

Parnell was given a platelet-rich plasma injection on Tuesday and will hope that it helps the healing process for his torn medial collateral ligament. If the plasma doesn't work, he'll then go under the knife and begin a rehab process that will likely last through the early part of the 2015 season. Jose Valverde is expected to get the first crack at save opportunities for the Mets.