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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Parnell acting cautiously early

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- While most pitchers are throwing off a mound every other day during spring training, Bobby Parnell has decided to space out his activity a little bit more for now as he returns from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

Parnell threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. He had been scheduled to throw again Thursday, but decided he will wait an extra day and have the session Friday.

"I'm running off of Bobby 100 percent," pitching coach Dan Warthen said. "He said he feels good, but he's smart enough to tell me if he needs the extra day. I had him scheduled to throw today. He said, 'I can throw, but how about an extra day?'"

Added Warthen: "The velocity is probably at 80 percent right now, but the delivery is sound."

The Mets are eyeing about March 10 for Parnell's first game action since last July 30. He should pitching on consecutive days in games at least once during spring training and get roughly nine appearances before Opening Day.