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Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday

Apr 6, 2014, 10:26 PM EDT

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Tommy John surgery is all the rage these days, it seems. ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that Mets closer Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday after recently being diagnosed with a tear in his medial collateral ligament. Team doctor David Atlchek will perform the surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. The procedure closes the book on his 2014 season.

Parnell blew the save in his first and only appearance of the 2014 season, allowing a run on a walk and two hits in one inning against the Nationals on March 31. Parnell suffered from a neck injury throughout the second half of the 2013 season and underwent surgery in December. As the most successful arm in a very young bullpen, Parnell was the de facto closer, but GM Sandy Alderson did sign veteran Jose Valverde as a bit of veteran insurance. With Parnell out, Valverde should continue getting the lion’s share of save opportunities.

  1. arrooo - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    They didn’t know something was wrong in spring training when he was clocked at 88mph?

  2. Big Ant TV - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    well im 31 years old and its safe too say the ny mets will not win anything worth while in my lifetime

    • Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      You’re that young and already you’re not planning to live another eighty or ninety years?

      • Big Ant TV - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        i plan too live as long as i can need too lose weight but i think id lose 5-10ibs b4 the mets win another world series

  3. chill1184 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Get well Parnell

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Good luck to Parnell.

  5. Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Make big money as an MLB ligament donor!

  6. sdelmonte - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Obviously not good news, but not really a body blow to the Mets. Sad but true: relievers are a dime a dozen. They’ll struggle to figure out who should be the closer if Valverde doesn’t work out, but they will figure it out sooner or later. At which point Parnell might be expendable.

    Still, I wish him well and hope to see him back next spring.

  7. dutchman45 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Wishing Parnell a speedy recovery.

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