8/4/2013 1:41 P.M. ET
Parnell unavailable, to be reevaluated Monday
By David Wilson and Chris Iseman / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The Mets were still without their closer on Sunday, as Bobby Parnell continues to battle a stiff neck.
Parnell first experienced pain during the team's series in Miami last week, and it hasn't improved enough for him to get back on the mound just yet. He last pitched in a game on Tuesday, when he nailed down a 4-2 win to earn his 22nd save of the season.
Parnell has seen a doctor and received medication. He'll be reexamined on Monday. At that point, Mets manager Terry Collins said the team can determine whether or not a stint on the disabled list is necessary.
"I know he's getting looked at again," Collins said. "We'll know something after tomorrow to see where we're at."
For now, Collins has to figure out who he's going to bring in for a potential save. David Aardsma has pitched the last two days, with minimal success. He blew the save on Friday, then yielded the go-ahead home run to Royals pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell in the 12th inning on Saturday.
Collins said Aardsma can pitch an inning on Sunday if he's needed.
While Pedro Feliciano has pitched well since being called up on Friday, including a scoreless inning on Saturday, Collins said he'd rather not use him for a third day in a row.
"I don't think so," Collins said. "Yesterday was his first time he's gone back to back. I want to be very careful that I don't overdo it right now."
Although Feliciano pitched a second straight day on Saturday, he still had solid command of his pitches, an encouraging sign considering he hadn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2010.
It would certainly help the Mets if Zack Wheeler pitched deep into Sunday's series finale against Kansas City. The Mets have played extra-inning games the past two days, and the bullpen has been used plenty. Not having their regular closer doesn't help.
Still, Collins said he still had Gonzalez Germen, Scott Rice, LaTroy Hawkins and Carlos Torres available Sunday.
"I've got enough," Collins said. "I hope."
Mets mulling hot-corner options with Wright out
NEW YORK -- As the Mets prepare for life without David Wright for at least the next month, manager Terry Collins will meet with general manager Sandy Alderson. With their long-time staple at the hot corner and in the No. 3 spot in the order gone, New York needs to find a way to reshuffle its infield.
Collins said he will talk with the general manager about how the infield will be aligned over the next couple of weeks. Since the captain's injury on Friday, the Mets have already used two third basemen. A third one -- Daniel Murphy -- could be a solution, as could more reinforcements from the Minor Leagues.
"I'm going to talk to Sandy about it -- some of the ideas that we have moving forward here for at least the next month," Collins said, "because I'd figure that's the least amount of time it would be."
Justin Turner got the start at third on Saturday and Josh Satin received the nod for Sunday's finale vs. the Royals, batting third in the order.
Against righties, Satin could be the answer as a way to get both he and Ike Davis -- who have each primarily played first -- into the lineup together.
A more everyday solution, though, could be moving Murphy back to third base. The infielder, who struggled with his defense when the Mets were moving him all around the field, has settled in at second base and become an average fielder. A move back to the other side of the field -- where he would be forced to field more balls hooking and spinning -- could throw off that rhythm.
Murphy took ground balls at third base on Sunday and will do so again on Tuesday to stay fresh at the position.
"He's played over there enough in the past that I don't think that's going to be a huge transition," Collins said. "It's just that that ball gets to you a lot faster, too."
Of course, that would mean New York would need a new second baseman. A potential replacement there could be Eric Young Jr., who has been excellent in the outfield. Young was primarily a second baseman during his first two seasons in the Majors, but Collins is a bit wary of tweaking anything with an outfield that's been one of the best in baseball over the past month.
"I want to make sure the situation in the outfield is what we need it to be because, again, we've played so well out there," Collins said. "I don't want to disrupt a lot of things."
The Mets could also dip into their farm system for Wright's replacement. The Mets' top hitting prospect, Wilmer Flores, is a natural third baseman who has been largely blocked by Wright in his path to the Majors. His .322 batting average with Triple-A Las Vegas puts him near the top of the Pacific Coast League leaderboard.
Collins said Flores could "potentially" enter the mix, as well, whether it be at second or third base.
"He's been playing a lot of second base," Collins said, "so I'm going to certainly gather all the information before we make that move with him."
David Wilson and Chris Iseman are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.