The 28 year old closer, who has been out with a herniated disc in his neck, last appeared in a game back on July 30th. He was enjoying a breakout season before the injury got in the way.
It still hasn’t been determined whether Parnell will undergo surgery for the herniated disk, or whether the injury will resolve itself without surgery being needed. Parnell recently told reporters that he was confident he would be able to avoid surgery, while noting it was still on the table.
A few days ago, it was reported that Parnell would be evaluated by team doctors again during the second week of September. Even if team doctors decide at that point that Parnell didn’t need surgery, there would be just about three weeks left in the season by then – making it pointless for Parnell to rush back.
If Parnell doesn’t need surgery, he should be good to go for spring training next February. In the event that Parnell has to go under the knife, the recovery time would likely be between four and five months. If Parnell undergoes surgery by mid-September, the above timetable should allow for him to return to form in either January or February. For Parnell’s sake and the sake of the Mets, let’s hope he avoids surgery.