Former CSU pitcher Parnell expects to return as Mets’ closer

New York Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell is expected to start this season on the disabled list after undergoing elbow surgery last spring. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya/File)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Bobby Parnell expects to regain his job as the New York Mets’ closer once his elbow has recovered from ligament-replacement surgery.

Parnell, a native of Salisbury, N.C., played at Charleston Southern and was drafted by the Mets in the ninth round of the 2005 MLB Draft.

Parnell was ineffective in last year’s seaon opener, then had surgery April 8. He expects to start this season on the disabled list.

Parnell was 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA and 22 saves in 26 chances two years ago. In his lone outing last year, he gave a two-out, tying double to Denard Span in the bottom of the ninth as the Nationals rallied to beat the Mets in 10 innings. His fastball averaged 93 mph, down about 3 mph.