Source: Bobby Parnell Needs Surgery For Herniated Disk

By Danny Abriano

UPDATE – 9/10/2013, 10:14 AM:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Bobby Parnell‘s surgery has been scheduled for today.

As is noted below, it’s been reported that the recovery time for Parnell will be roughly four months.  If his recovery goes as planned, he should be game ready by the middle of January.  Pitchers report to spring training around the third week of February.


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, citing a source, Mets closer Bobby Parnell will undergo surgery for the herniated disk he has in his neck.

May 30, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (39) pitches against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Parnell, 29, has been on the disabled list since July 31st.  He had been rehabbing in hopes of avoiding surgery, but according to Rubin’s report, those hopes have been dashed.

The date of the surgery is unknown.  However, with the recovery time being estimated at roughly four months, it would be wise for Parnell to have the surgery as soon as possible.  If Parnell were to undergo surgery in the near term, and he rehabbed without a hitch, he would likely be ready for game action well before spring training.

Before hitting the disabled list, Parnell was having a breakthrough season as the Mets’ closer.  In 50 innings pitched, Parnell gave up 38 hits, walked 12 and struck out 44.  He had a 2.16 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 22 saves.

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