Parnell was reassigned to the Royals' minor league camp Monday, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Injury woes have derailed a once-promising career for Parnell, who spent most of last season with Triple-A Toledo in the Tigers organization. After submitting an uninspiring 3.95 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 43.1 innings with Toledo, Parnell will need to show dramatic improvement for Triple-A Omaha before the Royals consider adding him to the 40-man roster.
Parnell received a spring training invite from the Royals on Saturday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Parnell hasn't shown major league effectiveness since receiving Tommy John surgery in April 2014, so this is strictly a reclamation project for the Royals. He has shown top-shelf bullpen stuff in the past, it's just a question if he will ever be able to find that stuff again.
Parnell has cleared waivers and been released by the Tigers. Parnell's performance was unimpressive in the MLB this season, as he allowed four runs over just 5.1 innings (six games). However, his career ERA and WHIP in the majors are 3.82 and 1.44, respectively. While these aren't phenomenal marks, a team may be interested in Parnell to add depth to their bullpen, whether it be with the big club or a minor league affiliate.
Parnell was designated for assignment Thursday. The Tigers opted to call up outfielder Alex Presley from Triple-A after Tyler Collins sustained a bruised knee Wednesday night, so a move to free up a roster spot was necessary, and Parnell will be the casualty. The 31-year-old hasn't pitched in more than a month and has allowed four earned runs on seven hits across 5.1 major league innings on the season. He'll be subject to waivers but will likely land at Triple-A Toledo.
Parnell was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. Since getting demoted back on June 14, Parnell has allowed just one run over nine appearances, bringing his minor league ERA down to 3.07 following some early-season struggles. He'll now head back to Detroit to provide support in middle relief.