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Bobby Parnell has lost 30 pounds

Sep 25, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

When someone is reported to have lost this much weight in the spring it’s BSOHL material. But when someone loses this much weight at the end of the year following an injury it’s just scary:

Parnell was shut down in August with a herniated disk in his neck. Maybe some of the doctors in the house can tell us how someone loses 30 pounds as a result of a neck problem, but whatever it is, it doesn’t sound good.

Assuming he’s back to full strength in the spring, he should certainly be the Mets closer in 2014. Parnell saved 22 games with a 2.16 ERA and 44/12 K/BB ratio in 50 innings in 2013.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Does it count if you played doctor with a neighbor girl as a youngster?

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      “Wanna play doctor?”

      “I don’t have insurance!”

  2. earpaniac - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    I have had back issues and some of the meds they give you make it hard to eat, or keep it down when you do. Pretty much any extra weight is gonna come off.

  3. cur68 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    B-Ref has Parnell at 6’4″ and 200Lbs, so he doesn’t have 30 pounds to lose. In fact, he might have been about 10-15 pounds underweight at 200Lbs.

    I hope he’s better soon.

    • largebill - Nov 15, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      B-Ref is great at documenting what happens between the white lines. The personal data is dependent on input from not always reliable sources. The 200 pounds might have been from a couple years back. At his height, I hope he hasn’t lost 30 from 200. At my height, dropping 30 from 200+ isn’t as bad an idea.

  4. Tim L. - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    I am a doctor, though not an orthopedist or a neurologist. For a pro-athlete, a good portion of weight loss will be due to an inability to maintain muscle mass. 30 lbs sounds like a lot, and I’d suspect that either a) Terry Collins’ was overestimating/exaggerating or 2) Parnell was carrying more weight than his list weight.

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