After undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck in September, there has been some concern that Mets closer Bobby Parnell wouldn’t be ready for Spring Training.
Lots of that concern stemmed from the fact that Parnell reportedly lost 3o pounds after the surgery, and that concern was exacerbated after some alarming quotes from Mets manager Terry Collins.
While speaking with reporters today at the Mets Holiday party, general manager Sandy Alderson noted that the club has no reason to believe Parnell won’t be ready to roll from the outset in 2014:
We’re fairly confident, he’s regained the weight. He’s about to start throwing again. And we don’t anticipate any problems. But that’s one of the reasons we’re going to have him come back up to New York — to be seen not necessarily for a surgical follow-up, but just an overall review. But right now we don’t have any reason to believe he won’t be ready.
According to Alderson, Parnell’s upcoming doctor’s appointment will likely take place “in the next couple of weeks.”
As is noted above, most of the concern regarding Parnell arose after reports of the 30 pound weight loss came out. Now that he’s gained that weight back, there’s really no reason to believe (as Alderson pointed out) that Parnell won’t be ready to roll beginning in February.