Right-handed reliever Bobby Parnell has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery, the New York Mets announced Sunday night. Parnell was diagnosed with a partially torn medical collateral ligament in his elbow earlier this week, and had to chosen rehab it first before decided whether or not to have surgery.
As per multiple reports on Twitter, Parnell talked the decision over with his family, and did not want to risk hurting his free-agent value after the 2015 season before putting off the surgery, and having the issue come back, hurting his chances to pitch next season.
Based on the standard 12 month rehab process for Tommy John, the Mets might be able to expect that Parnell will rejoin their bullpen around this time during the 2015 season.
Parnell made his season debut for the Mets on Opening Day, when he gave up one run, blowing the save in the Mets’ loss on Monday.
He was showing low velocity during spring training, and had trouble cracking 90 mph throughout the spring and during his Opening Day relief outing.
He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection after finding out about the partially torn MCL, with the plan being to rehab the injury. Obviously that plan didn’t work out, as the Mets are now losing their hard-throwing closer for the rest of the season.
Parnell had a 2.16 ERA in 50 innings over 49 appearances last season, saving just 22 games.
With Parnell out, offseason pick-up Jose Valverde has assumed the closer for the Mets, and he has already taken over as one of their best relievers.
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