New York Mets News

Bobby Parnell to have Tommy John surgery

By Danny Abriano

The Mets announced Sunday night that Bobby Parnell, who has a partial tear in the UCL in his right elbow, will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday in New York.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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 was expected to complete two weeks of rest before beginning a four week throwing program in an effort to avoid surgery, but has reversed course and instead decided to have the surgery immediately.

Jose Valverde had been filling in for Parnell, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

According to Sandy Alderson, the Mets were likely to first look in-house for relief options. However, that was before Parnell’s status was determined.


Parnell’s decision to have surgery at this point seems oddly timed.

Parnell said a few days ago that doctors told him there was a ’50-50′ chance he’d be able to avoid surgery.

However, instead of finishing his period of prescribed rest and attempting to rehab, Parnell will go under the knife and miss the remainder of the season.

According to Anthony DiComo of, Parnell spoke with his family and decided to have the surgery now in order to be ready from the outset in 2015 – his walk-year.

That’s understandable, but waiting another five weeks meant possibly avoiding surgery, which seemed like a worthy gamble to take.

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