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Mets closer Bobby Parnell needs neck surgery

Sep 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Bobby Parnell AP

Mets closer Bobby Parnell, who was shut down more than a month ago with a herniated disk in his neck, will undergo surgery at some point according to manager Terry Collins.

Parnell tried to rest and rehab the injury and also got an epidural injection, but the problem remained. He fared well stepping into the closer role for the injured Frank Francisco, saving 22 games with a 2.16 ERA and 44/12 K/BB ratio in 50 innings, but Parnell hasn’t pitched since July 30.

Under team control through 2015 and set to get a sizable raise from this year’s $1.7 million salary via arbitration, the 29-year-old right-hander figures to handle save chances for the Mets next season assuming he’s healthy.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Every team has injuries, but it seems the Mets have a special talent for ensuring that their highest-value players are the ones who get hurt. Wright, Harvey, and Parnell were arguably the three best things the team had going for most of the year, and all three landed themselves on the shelf, with one definitely getting surgery now, and another visiting Dr James Andrews. Just another rough year in Flushing.

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