Originally posted on New York Mets Report  |  Last updated 2/21/14
Closer Bobby Parnell did not throw today because of tightness in his left quadriceps muscle sustained covering first base Thursday afternoon. Parnell threw 35 pitches Tuesday and is listed day-to-day, although manager Terry Collins is hopeful he’ll be able to go off the mound Saturday. Parnell is recovering from neck surgery and his availability to start the season is questionable. In addition: * Collins hinted outfielders Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Andrew Brown and Cesar Puello would likely open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas. “I think Matt den Dekker is still a huge prospect here.’’ Collins said. “It gives us an ample amount of insurance.’’ * General manager Sandy Alderson said he doesn’t want Mets catchers to block the plate this season. Alderson wants to avoid collisions as to stay healthy. * Former Mets second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo is in camp as a roving minor league instructor. * Pitching prospect Chasen Bradford won’t be able to throw for a week because of a strained oblique muscle. * Position players underwent physicals today and the team will have its first full-squad workout Saturday.  
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