Print and Go Back New York Mets [Print without images]

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Parnell: 'No doubt' I'll be ready for opener

By Adam Rubin

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.