I think it is safe to say this season is pretty much over. Why? Well, with Jonathon Niese scheduled to have surgery on his right hamstring due to a tear, the Mets are relegated to turning their relievers into starters.
In my last blog I spoke about the possibility of Tim Redding coming back into the rotation. Not going to happen. Apparently Mets’ skipper, Jerry Manuel, has no confidence in having him start again this season.
Instead, he has place the next starter as possibly being Bobby Parnell. Really? This should be interesting. I understand that he was a starter initially. Naturally, the Mets changed him into a reliever.
The Mets seem to be notorious for changing the role of a player when they come up to the big club. Remember the Daniel Murphy in the outfield experiment?
Well here is what Manuel had to say:
That is a consideration, and that was part of the plan today going forward. That’s a part of why we did what we did today. [Having Parnell pitch three innings.]
How does Parnell feel about the prospect of being a starter again?
I knew it had been mentioned before. I try not to entertain it right now. I take it one day at a time, and I’m in the bullpen right now.
If he did not make it to the big club out of Spring Training, he was going to join the Triple-A rotation. In Double-A he went 10-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 24 starts.
So it should be interesting to see who gets the starting role in five days.