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Mets closer Bobby Parnell has a partially torn elbow

Apr 1, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Mets closer Bobby Parnell showed decreased velocity while blowing a save against the Nationals on Opening Day and the team just announced that he has a partially torn MCL in his elbow.

Parnell has been told to rest for two weeks, but Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that surgery has not been ruled out eventually if the time off and platelet-rich plasma injections don’t do the trick.

All of which means that Jose Valverde has gone from scrap-heap minor-league signing to the Mets’ closer in … well, one game. He certainly has plenty of closing experience with 286 career saves.

Parnell had velocity issues throughout spring training and it was clearly he wasn’t fully recovered from neck surgery, but the Mets were committed to sticking with him in the closer role anyway. Now the job goes to the 36-year-old Valverde, who was released by the Tigers last season after just 19 innings.

  1. natstowngreg - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I fear that (elbow) is the trendy injury this season, like (oblique) or (lat) has been the past few seasons. A disturbing trend, given the seriousness of elbow injuries.

  2. number42is1 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    When you are a Mets fan EVERY day is April Fools…

  3. thekcubrats - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    this is so sMet, so fast…

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      It’s OK. It’s lucky for him and the team that it happened when it did as the Met’s season is over already anyway… no harm done at all…

  4. jrbdmb - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    … And the season’s over.

  5. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Murphy has decided to sacrifice his law and give it to Mets since they seem to be the true definition of “what can go wrong, will go wrong.”

  6. mantastic54 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Looks like the wheels are falling off earlier than usual this year, The Mets are usually good for at least a successful opening day before unraveling

  7. nymets4ever - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    I love how everyone hates the Mets so much that even serious injury articles are seen as just another avenue to bash them, haha. Pile it on, dirtbags! I’m proud to stick by my Mets forever, just as my username says.

    Recover well Bobby. Let’s go Mets!!!

    • yahmule - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Hey, your first trip to the high ground! Dirtbags flourish notwithstanding. Bravo, lad.

  8. jfk69 - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    This will be an ongoing issue all season. Think Ike. Seven years of Parnell. Tough break kid. Time to plug in a new closer.

  9. sdelmonte - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Well, at least we know what was wrong with him yesterday.

    Can Dice-K be asked to do some spot relief?

  10. thedudabides - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    It never ends. He was throwing 90-92 all spring and yesterday’s game. He’s normally 95-98, someone should have known something was wrong. He was rushed into the season too fast, he should still be in St Lucie. Tommy John, here he comes.

    • bbk1000 - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      This is just so Mets like…..man they’re a tough team to follow….

      I hope he didn’t get it pleasuring himself…..which would be a Mets type injury as well…..

  11. beeroncos - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    So he’ll be back by August barring surgery. At least that is how Mets injuries usually pan out. Hopefully, someone steps up and the offense can produce. Blarg

  12. cjb5671 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Can’t stand the Mets but that sucks. Just rehabbed from one surgery and probably needs another. Hope he gets back to playing ball at some point.

  13. styx630 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    The Mets have the worst medical staff ever. No one caught this all during the off-season or spring training? They’re the masters of letting minor injuries become season-ending ordeals.

  14. zdravit - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Parnell has never proven he can be a successful closer. At least Valverde was good at one point. INSTANT UPGRADE.

  15. ken k - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    LOL – announcing that he has an injury sure beats announcing, “We screwed up when we thought Parnell could be a closer.”

  16. larry1994 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    I heard Mrs Met has a pretty good arm! Oh wait, she already tried out.

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