Mets general manager Sandy Alderson addressed the media Wednesday afternoon, and gave some more clarity to the Bobby Parnell situation.
According to Alderson, while Parnell has a torn MCL/UCL, the area of the ligament that is torn is a “thicker” area than the one Matt Harvey tore. Because of that fact, Alderson said, doctors are more bullish on Parnell’s chances at avoiding surgery.
While Parnell’s chances of avoiding surgery are viewed as better than Harvey’s were, Alderson noted that the ligament can completely tear at any time.
As far as a timetable for Parnell, he’ll begin a four week throwing program after two weeks of complete rest – meaning the best case scenario for Parnell and the Mets is a return in late May or early June.
Alderson also addressed what the Parnell injury means for the rest of the bullpen.
He noted that while the Mets are monitoring free agent relievers such as Joel Hanrahan, the club – at least initially – prefers to look at internal bullpen options.
Alderson specifically noted some of the starting pitchers in Triple-A Las Vegas (such as Jacob deGrom) may be able to help out in the pen later in the season.
The plan for those pitchers, according to Alderson, is to start in Triple-A Las Vegas for the majority of April before beginning to see time in the Las Vegas bullpen. Alderson said that will accomplish two things. It will introduce them to the pen while also keeping their total innings down.
As far as Noah Syndergaard helping out in the bullpen, Alderson directly answered that question with “probably not.” That “probably not” very likely means no chance.