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Doctors told Bobby Parnell chance of surgery is 50-50

By Danny Abriano

Bobby Parnell, who is resting after partially tearing the UCL in his right elbow, was told by doctors that the chances of surgery are 50-50.

Mar 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher

Bobby Parnell

(39) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 9-7. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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