Parnell: 'No doubt' I'll be ready for opener

March, 1, 2014
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- For the first time since last July 30, Bobby Parnell faced batters Saturday. Parnell pronounced the batting-practice session against teammates including David Wright and Daniel Murphy a success.

"There was no pain. There was no soreness," Parnell said. "There was nothing holding me back today, so it was a good first step."

Pitching coach Dan Warthen expects Parnell as well as Bartolo Colon (calf) and Jonathon Niese (shoulder) to pitch in their first game March 6, in a "B" game.

Wright took Parnell to the base of the right-center wall, although Parnell did shatter Murphy's bat.

Parnell had been slowed by a left quadriceps strain that still slightly lingers.

"Obviously I don't have that second gear to run as hard as I want to, but I have been going through everything half or three-quarters speed and am still getting my work done," Parnell said. "It's still there. It's babying it a little bit and getting therapy every day."

Parnell added that he has "no doubt" he will be ready for Opening Day.

"I'll be good to go," he said.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187