Bobby Parnell, who underwent Sept. 10 surgery in California for a herniated disk in his neck, has been fully cleared for baseball activities. After attending David Wright‘s wedding, Parnell stayed on the West Coast to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins, who had performed the procedure. Watkins cleared Parnell for full baseball activities. “He looked terrific — toned, strong, limber,” said one person who recently saw Parnell.
The quote regarding Parnell’s strength is the most important one in Rubin’s report.
Shortly after Parnell underwent surgery, Mets manager Terry Collins noted that the closer had lost 30 pounds. Collins rang alarm bells again earlier this offseason, when he was quoted as being a bit worried about Parnell’s recovery and availability.
General manager Sandy Alderson noted a few weeks ago that there was no reason to anticipate Parnell being delayed this season, and today’s news seems to give Alderson’s statement validity.
Parnell was tremendous last season for the Mets, saving 22 of 26 games (3 of the blown saves were directly linked to defensive miscues by those behind him) and coming into his own.