Parnell makes first appearance since return from surgery

Reliever throws 20 pitches in intrasquad game

Parnell makes first appearance since return from surgery

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Mets reliever Bobby Parnell pitched in a live game Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April.

Parnell threw 20 pitches -- 11 for strikes -- in an intrasquad Minor League game at the Mets facilities in Port St. Lucie. The right-hander allowed two hits, though the club did not disclose how many batters he faced overall.

Originally penciled in as the Mets' Opening Day closer last season, Parnell made just one appearance before his elbow issues eventually ended his season. Prior to his injury-shortened campaign last year, the 30-year-old reliever had tallied a 2.35 ERA over 123 combined appearances from 2012-13.

Parnell is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, but the Mets hope to have him back in the bullpen at the start of May.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.