- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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Time on the disabled list sparked Andres Torres' bat.
Since returning from his strained left calf on April 30, Torres has scored and driven in a run in each of the five games he has played, the longest streak of his career. He went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in Saturday's 4-3 win over Arizona.
"He looks good. He's locked in," second baseman Daniel Murphy said. "I think the biggest thing for us in this clubhouse is he looks fresh. He looks like he was smart about the injury when he was down there, he took his time, and now he's back, we're not worried about him at all and he's ready, he's going out there and playing his game."
Torres strained his left calf April 5 and was placed on the disabled list April 7. He's hitting .368 in the five games since he returned, starting April 30 against Houston, and also recorded his first stolen base with the Mets in the third inning. The center fielder is batting .333 in his first season in New York.
"You can tell in the series in Houston that he lacked at-bats, but he's one of the hardest-working guys I've ever been around in my life," manager Terry Collins said before the Mets faced Arizona in the middle game of a three-game set.
"Even during the game in Houston he was in the cage working on stuff, so it was good to see him and that's why if he gets it going or he starts to get on base, his history is he scores runs as we saw last night."
PARNELL TURNING IT ON: Bobby Parnell threw a scoreless inning of relief, continuing his strong start. He has a 2.84 ERA spanning 12 2/3 innings, striking out 16 hitters and walking just two. He struck out Miguel Montero with a man on second and two outs in the eighth.
"He's just absolutely come on to be outstanding," Collins said. "I think last year's experience helped him a lot. I think his time with Jason Isringhausen probably helped him a lot. I think the fact that he realized he doesn't have to throw 100, even though he can, it's about making pitches and that's what he's been doing, he's been making pitches."
MURPHY'S BIG DAY: Murphy tied his career-high with four hits on the day and is 6-for-9 in this series against Arizona.
"I remember last season when Dan was swinging the bat great, he was sitting in that fifth spot," Collins said. "Murph got red-hot. I told him this morning, I said, 'Look, I'm going to put you back there and see if you can rekindle what you were doing last summer.' Obviously a 4-for-4 day pretty much gets it started."
ROSTER MOVE: The team activated reliever D.J. Carrasco from the disabled list and demoted infielder Jordany Valdespin after the game. A reliever is needed with Miguel Batista moving to the rotation and Carrasco fills the long-reliever type role. He had been rehabbing with Triple-A Buffalo.
Time on the disabled list sparked Andres Torres' bat. Since returning from his strained left calf on April 30, Torres has scored and driven in a run in each of the five games he has played, the longest streak of his career.