Parnell, who is scheduled to begin a throwing program after two weeks of prescribed rest are up, will give rehab a go before any potential decision on surgery is made.
According to Parnell, if surgery is needed, he wants to make sure he gets it quickly in order to be able to return for the beginning of the 2015 season.
However, Parnell said that the doctors are optimistic he’ll be able to avoid surgery.
Parnell doesn’t have much to lose trying to rehab his partial tear before making a decision on surgery.
If the rehab fails, he’d likely lose about a month or so of recovery time, but that risk is worth it when the reward could be avoiding surgery altogether.
Sandy Alderson noted yesterday that the tear in Parnell’s UCL is in a thicker part of the ligament than the tear in Matt Harvey‘s UCL was.
There are many pitchers who have rehabbed tears successfully, most notably Roy Halladay – who pitched with a torn ligament in his pitching arm for years without incident.