When Bobby Parnell made his first major league start against the Padres last week, he was help to a 60-75 pitch limit. Thanks to two long frames, he only lasted 2 1-3 innings on the mound before reaching his cap.
As Parnell takes the mound tonight against Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants, he’s been allotted about 85 pitches.
Parnell was likely going to winter ball as a starter, reports Adam Rubin, so this experiment was going to happen sooner or later.
“I felt good,” Parnell told the Daily News. “I feel like I'm in condition. My arm strength was good, but obviously it's going to take a little while to keep building it up. I think we're just going to take gradual steps and build it up slowly.”