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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Warthen: Bobby Parnell ready to close

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- If Frank Francisco is not ready for Opening Day, pitching coach Dan Warthen echoed Terry Collins' comments that Bobby Parnell is ready to assume the closer's role.

"His last 11 outings, he didn't give up anything," Warthen said, referring to Parnell in 2012. "I thought his maturity changed. I thought he and [Jon] Niese both had breakout years last year. And I think he's there. I think he's ready to close."

That does not mean the Mets are yet resigned to Francisco -- who has continued elbow inflammation -- landing on the disabled list to open the season.

"Correct," Warthen said.

Read Monday's full feature story on Parnell here.