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Mets closer Bobby Parnell shut down with herniated disc

Aug 6, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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Bobby Parnell has been one of the few bright spots for the Mets this season, saving 22 games with a 2.16 ERA in his first full year as closer, but now he’s headed to the disabled list with a herniated disc in his neck.

Parnell hadn’t pitched since July 30 and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that he got an anti-inflammatory injection yesterday. David Aardsma has the most closing experience among potential fill-ins, although the bullpen also includes veteran LaTroy Hawkins and the Mets might go to a closer-by-committee approach initially.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Sucks. But no Aardsma and no Hawkins, thank you. Sucks Edgin and Familia are hurt.

    Carlos Torres is probably the best option to close.

    • yahmule - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Torres would be a very interesting choice. I hope they give him a shot over the proven failures.

  2. kevinbnyc - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Good thing they held onto him at the deadline.

    • dondada10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      They didn’t hold on to him for their second half playoff push. They kept him at the deadline because he’s a piece of the future. 2 weeks on the DL isn’t going to change that.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Such a long list of closers that have proven it’s better to sell high than hold onto them because of an overrated “stat” like Saves.

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        He’s 28 and has been pretty iffy for as long as he’s been around. Sell high for your future. Don’t count on a guy continuing to outperform expectations for the next 5+ years.

      • dondada10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        Jason Isringhausen taught Parnell a knuckle-curve last year. According to fangraphs, he went from throwing it 0% to 15% this year. There’s reason to believe that Parnell isn’t having a fluke year and is probably getting better.

  3. dutchman45 - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I had herniated disk in neck. It is painful and does not go away easily. After 2 years of physical therapy I had spinal fusion surgery. Rehab was 3 months. My advice to someone who needs a healthy neck to earn a living. Shut down for rest of year go to Hospital For Special Surgery and have Dr. James Farmer take care of business. I am not a Mets fan and bleed Cincinnati Reds, but want all competitors to be healthy.

  4. edelmanfanclub - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Hawkins, cannot and will never be able to close. He’s great as a set up or middle reliever. There’s no point in giving a vet the closing job since they aren’t making the playoffs. Let a young gun pitch the 9th. If and only if their young guys cant do it, then give it to the veteran. For now it’s tryout time for 2014. Stinks because Parnell was pitching very well this year. He’ll be back as the closer next year (granted they don’t trade him for prospects this winter).

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