Jul 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (39) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Mets won 4-2 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby Parnell has incomplete tear of MCL in right elbow


Per the Mets, closer Bobby Parnell has an incomplete tear of the MCL in his right elbow.

Parnell complained of tightness in his right forearm after Monday’s game, and went for an MRI and full examination Tuesday in New York.

Parnell was given a Platelet Rich Plasma injection this morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and has been prescribed two weeks of rest.

After the two weeks are up, Parnell will begin a throwing program, and will then determine whether he’ll be able to return or will need to undergo surgery to repair the tear.

Thoughts:

It’s been clear for a while that something was off with Bobby Parnell.

The hope was that he was simply rounding back into form after having neck surgery last September, but the partial MCL tear is unfortunately the reality.

Without knowing the percentage of Parnell’s tear, it’s impossible to guess whether or not he’ll be able to avoid surgery.

Either way, Jose Valverde will almost certainly become the closer in Parnell’s absence.

With Parnell out, the Mets also need to add an arm to the bullpen. Despite his rough spring, one would imagine that Vic Black will get the call.

 

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