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  1. Henderson Alvarez leaves start with stiff right elbow

    May 28, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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    The elbow injury epidemic simply can’t be stopped. CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman reports that Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez was removed from his start Wednesday night against the Nationals after experiencing stiffness in his pitching elbow.

  2. Jeurys Familia could be the Mets’ new closer

    May 11, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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    24-year-old right-hander Jeurys Familia has been solid out of the bullpen for the Mets, and manager Terry Collins says he could be the club’s new closer soon.

  3. Report: Joel Hanrahan looked “great” during his throwing session today

    Apr 17, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

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    Lots of teams watched Joel Hanrahan throw today.

  4. Mets sticking with Jose Valverde as closer despite homers

    Apr 17, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Working in a non-save situation with a five-run lead last night Jose Valverde served up a pair of home runs to the Diamondbacks before eventually finishing up a Mets victory.

  5. Mets expected to attend throwing session for Joel Hanrahan

    Apr 7, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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    With Bobby Parnell headed for Tommy John surgery, the Mets could be a match for free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan.

  6. Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday

    Apr 6, 2014, 10:26 PM EDT

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    The Mets received some unfortunate news about their young closer on Sunday.

  7. Bobby Parnell is “50-50″ to need Tommy John surgery

    Apr 4, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    For now Bobby Parnell is trying the rest-and-rehab route, but the Mets closer told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that doctors have told him it’s “50-50″ that he’ll eventually require Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament.

  8. Mets add Kyle Farnsworth to the bullpen

    Apr 1, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Kyle Farnsworth had been slated to begin the season at Triple-A after signing a minor-league deal with the Mets, but Bobby Parnell’s elbow injury opened up a spot in the bullpen.

  9. Mets closer Bobby Parnell has a partially torn elbow

    Apr 1, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Mets closer Bobby Parnell showed decreased velocity while blowing a save against the Nationals on Opening Day and the team just announced that he has a partially torn MCL in his elbow.

  10. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 1, 2014, 5:50 AM EDT

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    Does winning on Opening Day mean anything? I dunno, ask Oakland and Seattle.

  11. Jose Valverde will be the Mets’ primary setup man

    Mar 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Not only has Jose Valverde secured a spot in the Mets’ bullpen six weeks after joining the team on a minor-league deal, manager Terry Collins said yesterday that the 36-year-old will begin the season as the primary setup man. And with closer Bobby Parnell potentially not being available for a full workload as he returns…

  12. 2014 Preview: New York Mets

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The New York Mets. The Big Question: Can the Mets finish with 80 or more wins for the first time…

  13. Bobby Parnell faces hitters for first time since last July

    Mar 1, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets closer Bobby Parnell faced hitters today for the first time since last July 30. Parnell, who had surgery last September to repair a herniated disk in his neck, threw batting practice against a group of teammates including Daniel Murphy and David Wright. Parnell has been bothered…

  14. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  15. The Mets are willing to spend to add a “closer type”

    Feb 3, 2014, 8:33 PM EDT

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    The Mets signed veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league contract today, but they aren’t done attempting to improve their bullpen. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a source unaffiliated with the team that the Mets “have allotted dollars” to add a closer-type. Bobby Parnell is the incumbent at closer, but…

  16. Mets have been in touch with Fernando Rodney, hoping his price dropped

    Jan 24, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have checked in with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney as well as many other relievers, hoping that prices had fallen “way down”. An executive Sherman spoke to said that he wouldn’t classify anything as “hot”. The Mets’ bullpen is comprised of a lot of…

  17. The Mets are talking to Fernando Rodney

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT

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    The Mets were reported to have pursued Grant Balfour before he signed with the Rays and now they are reported to be talking to Fernando Rodney. Adam Rubin of ESPNNY has the report. This further suggests discomfort with handing the closer’s role to Bobby Parnell. Which makes one wonder why they let LaTroy Hawkins walk…

  18. The Mets outbid the Rays on Grant Balfour

    Jan 23, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal hears this: Sources: #Mets made offer to Balfour that exceeded #Rays’ two-year, $12M bid. Balfour preferred to be closer to his home in Clearwater, Fl. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 23, 2014   The first impulse is to say “haha, Balfour wanted to play for a winner and the Mets don’t win and…

  19. Bobby Parnell: “In my head I feel like I’m still the closer”

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Mets closer Bobby Parnell went on the disabled list after a perfect inning of relief on July 30 and did not return, eventually undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. It was an unfortunate end to his first season as the team’s full-time closer, as he had a 2.16 ERA and 22…

  20. Bobby Parnell cleared for baseball activities

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Mets closer Bobby Parnell didn’t throw a pitch after July 30 last season due to a herniated disk which required surgery, but he appears on track to be ready for the start of 2014. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Parnell has been fully cleared for baseball activities and plans to report to…

  21. Rockies sign LaTroy Hawkins to one-year deal to serve as closer

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

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    LaTroy Hawkins had to settle for a minor league deal with the Mets last offseason, but he has found a new home as a closer just one year later. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rockies have signed Hawkins to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, pending a physical. The Mets, Braves, and Indians…

  22. LaTroy Hawkins “likely” to return to Mets next season

    Nov 9, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

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    LaTroy Hawkins enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career as a member of the Mets in 2013 and Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the veteran reliever is “likely” to return to the club for his age-41 season next year. The Mets are one of two teams who have…

  23. Bobby Parnell has lost 30 pounds

    Sep 25, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

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    When someone is reported to have lost this much weight in the spring it’s BSOHL material. But when someone loses this much weight at the end of the year following an injury it’s just scary: Terry Collins told reporters Bobby Parnell has lost 30 pounds since herniated disk ordeal began, but doctors believe he’ll be…

  24. LaTroy Hawkins plans to pitch next season at age 41

    Sep 23, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

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    On the same day he saved the 100th game of his career Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he definitely plans to continue pitching next season at age 41. And performance-wise there’s certainly no reason for him to call it quits, as Hawkins has thrown 68 innings with a…

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