David Aardsma Is Expected To Handle Closing Duties

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Mets are missing two key cogs in their bullpen, closer Bobby Parnell and setup man Josh Edgin, who are both out as New York opens a series against the Kansas City Royals.

Parnell isn’t available for Friday night’s opener, and his status for the weekend is unknown as he deals with a stiff neck.

David Aardsma is expected to handle closing duties, New York manager Terry Collins says.

Edgin will be lost for perhaps 4 to 6 weeks after a stress fracture in a rib was revealed Friday in an MRI.

The left-hander has been feeling discomfort for a while that got worse after his most recent appearance Monday at Miami. He felt pain most often after his outings once adrenaline had worn off.

He was placed on the disabled list, and left-hander Pedro Feliciano was brought up from Triple-A Las Vegas and is available to pitch Friday.

Edgin is 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 28 2/3 innings pitched this season. He’s struck out 20 and walked 12.

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