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Mets activate 2B Dilson Herrera, reliever Bobby Parnell from DL

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have activated second baseman Dilson Herrera and reliever Bobby Parnell from the disabled list for Thursday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants.

Right-hander Dillon Gee, recently dispatched to the bullpen, was placed on bereavement leave following the death of his grandmother. Infielder Ruben Tejada landed on paternity leave. His significant other, Smarlyn Ochoa, gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday morning.

Herrera had fractured the tip of his right middle finger during a pregame fielding drill and landed on the disabled list May 15.

Parnell last appeared in the majors on Opening Day last season. He underwent Tommy John surgery on April 8, 2014.

Parnell had an 11.57 ERA in 15 minor league appearances, but his 30-day rehab assignment expired and the Mets had little option but to activate him. His velocity has not returned to pre-surgery levels. Manager Terry Collins has noted that Parnell's fastball has sat at 92 mph during recent minor league appearances -- about 3 mph off his average before surgery.

Jeurys Familia will remain the closer, with Parnell not regaining his former role.

The Mets continue with a four-man bench for the time being, with no backup infielder. And it may actually be a three-man bench, since rookie catcherKevin Plawecki's availability is in question.

Plawecki has been experiencing recurring dizziness. He underwent an MRI and CT scan on Wednesday. The Mets should know more about his diagnosis on Thursday, Collins said. Plawecki dealt with vertigo last season while in the minors.

General manager Sandy Alderson said Daniel Murphy, who landed on the DL last week with a quadriceps strain, should play in an extended spring training game Friday without running. Alderson expects Murphy will miss the minimum 15 days.

The Mets will need to make more permanent moves to accommodate the returns of Herrera and Parnell once Gee and Tejada return from their leaves.

Bereavement leave lasts a minimum of three and a maximum of seven days. Paternity leave is for one to three days.


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