“Today was really just about going out there and working on some stuff, just because you face those guys tons during the season. I was trying to work on my changeup some today, and I was a little erratic,” he said.
Braves: Gonzalez said Mike Minor, recovering from a urinary tract procedure on Dec. 31, continues to make progress and might be ready for the start of the season.
“It would be close,” Gonzalez said. “We could bump him into the back (of the rotation).”
Mets: First basemen Ike Davis (calf) and Lucas Duda (hamstring) are still on the mend. Second baseman Daniel Murphy scuffed up his knee while sliding and is day to day.
FIRST TIME OUT
Mets closer Bobby Parnell made his spring debut by coming on in a familiar spot, the ninth inning, but with his team up 8-1. The right-hander had not seen game action since last July 30 due to a herniated disk in his neck.
Parnell gave up a leadoff double to Mark Hamilton, who eventually scored an unearned run.
“It was just, throw strikes and work on your mechanics. I really wanted to know what my mechanics were going to be like in a pressure situation, in an adrenaline situation. I wanted to go out there and face hitters and find that,” Parnell said.
Mets manager Terry Collins was glad to see Parnell go after some hitters.
“To see him out there for the first time and really see him let loose - he’s been a little tentative in the ‘pen and I understand it,” Collins said. “He threw the ball great. The last five or six he let the ball go good.”
The Mets will host the Marlins on Monday, but they won’t face NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez, who pitched against New York in Port St. Lucie last Wednesday. Miami manager Mike Redmond has opted to go with lefty Brad Hand, and Fernandez is scheduled to get his work in by tossing a simulated game.