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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mets' Bobby Parnell has MCL damage, may require surgery

By on 4/01/2014 05:30:00 PM

The New York Mets started their season off with their bullpen surrendering the lead twice & giving up the game in extra innings.  Bobby Parnell was the culprit of the second lead the squandered when he blew the save in the ninth inning with two out.  Now comes news that Parnell has damage in his elbow.  From Mike Axisa of CBS Sports:
"Mets closer Bobby Parnell has a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow, the team announced. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will rest for two weeks before beginning a throwing program. The team says Parnell will then be reevaluated to see if he needs surgery."

Outside of Citi Field, not many expect the Mets to compete for much more than a .500 record this year.  Bobby Parnell had his best season in 2013, when he saved 22 games with a 2.16 ERA in 49 appearances.  With MCL damage comes the dreaded two words no pitcher wants to hear: Tommy John.  It's a possibility at this point but we won't know for sure for at least two weeks.

With Parnell definitely gone for a while and quite likely a lot longer, the Mets have handed the closing job over to Jose Valverde.  Valverde came to the Mets in February on a minor league deal and is seemingly the best option they have.  He was terrific yesterday, coming in to a bases loaded situation with two out & striking out Ryan Zimmerman.  He followed that with a quick 1-2-3 8th inning.  Valverde has 286 career saves & a 3.19 ERA.  He has piled up 35+ saves in four different seasons.

With Parnell being placed on the 15-day disabled list today, the team called up veteran Kyle Farnsworth to fill his bullpen spot.  Stay tuned to Sports Injury Alert for any future updates.

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