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.

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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.

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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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