February 20, 2014

When Should We Be Worried About Bobby Parnell?

Bobby Parnell chose to push back his scheduled bullpen session today in Port Saint Lucie.  This according to a report by ESPN's Adam Rubin.  Parnell was two days removed from a 35 pitch bullpen session, his lengthiest since surgery, and decided another day of rest would benefit him.

The cancelled session didn't alarm team pitching coach, Dan Warthen, who told Rubin that Parnell's velocity "is probably at 80 percent right now, but the delivery is sound."  I suppose that's reassuring, and in reality it is too early to be overly worried, but if this becomes a pattern there could be come warranted concern that Parnell is not recuperating on time.

According to Rubin, the team has selected March 10th as the day Parnell will see his first in-game action.  They would also like to see him pitch in consecutive games prior to the break of camp.  Such a schedule would see Bobby make nine spring appearances.  At the very least, this gives us a bit of a timetable to minor for the next month or so.  If Parnell is really behind, we'll know by the second week of March.

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