New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell will undergo season ending Tommy John surgery, according to team sources. Parnell will have surgery on Tuesday and team doctor David Atlchek is scheduled to perform the procedure.
Parnell, who turns 30 in September, was diagnosed with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow on Tuesday. One day early he suffered a blown save in the team’s home opener. The Mets and Parnell hoped to avoid surgery all together with a series of platelet-rich plasma injections, which the right-hander received Tuesday after two weeks of rest. Sunday night Parnell made the decision to have the procedure.
“I want to make sure if I do have surgery I give myself the best bet to get back for next year and have the recovery time.”
The Mets closer had surgery to treat a herniated disc in his neck in December and was slow to recover during spring training. Last season, Parnell has a 2.16 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 49 games and 50 innings of work.
Jose Valverde will now take over as the Mets closer.
Parnell is now the third Mets pitcher to miss the season for Tommy John surgery, joining Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner who received the surgery in late 2013. He also joins a long list of pitchers from around baseball, whose season has come to an end because of an elbow injury. It is an unfortunate, and even more curious, trend that has people around baseball and their fans baffled by the number of injuries occurring.
If his recovery goes as scheduled, Parnell should be ready for Opening Day 2015