Bobby Parnell Has Partial MCL Tear, Status For Season Unknown
Mets manager Terry Collins will be calling on someone other than Bobby Parnell to close games for at least the next two weeks.
Parnell’s blown save in Monday’s season opener against the Nationals not only resulted in a blow to Parnell’s pride, but a partially torn MCL in his pitching elbow, Mets.com reports.
The discovery came Tuesday after the right-hander complained of tightness in forearm area. An MRI and other testing was used to make the determination.
He’ll be resting the arm for at least two weeks, then doctors will re-examine the ligament to determine if surgery is required, the site said.
If it is, that will likely end his 2014 campaign.
In the meantime, Collins may look to lean on former closer Jose Valverde who lost his ninth inning role in Detroit last year, but was 49 for 49 during the 2011 season. Not to mention he was the only Mets reliever called upon on Opening Day who didn’t have Mets fans shaking their heads.
Valverde retired all four batters he faced, recorded three strikeouts and got out of a bases loaded jam that gave the Mets a chance to win it late in the game.
Note: During the game on SNY Monday, the Mets broadcast team noted that Parnell was throwing fastballs as low as 89 MPH. A huge drop-off for a guy who can hit triple digits.
UPDATE: A few days after this posting it was announced that Parnell would undergo surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season