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Bobby Parnell has tear of UCL in right elbow

Bobby Parnell was diagnosed with an incomplete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Tuesday, the Mets announced.

Parnell received a platelet rich plasma injection and has been prescribed rest for two weeks. After the two weeks, he can begin a throwing program, the success of which will determine if he needs surgery to repair the tear.

In Monday’s game, Parnell blew the save, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk.

Parnell had surgery on a herniated disc in his neck this offseason.

A UCL tear is what led to Tommy John surgery for Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

12:20 pm: I hate to say it, but this is not much of a surprise. In fact, last night around 6 p.m., after a rough day at the ballpark watching the bullpen implode, thanks in part to Parnell, long-time reader of MetsBlog, Steven J., sent me an e-mail that read: “Mets made a big mistake not letting Parnell round into form. He’s gonna get tagged for the next month at least.”

His velocity had been down all spring. It was slow to increase each outing, and Monday was no different. I fear he rushed back, maybe didn’t pitch enough, wasn’t totally healthy and put unecessary, harmful stress on his elbow… we’ll know more soon, I assume.


SNY Mets analyst Bob Ojeda discusses the announcement of Bobby Parnell being out indefinitely with a torn UCL in his right elbow.

Andy Martino of The Daily News joins SNY to discuss Bobby Parnell’s latest injury >> Watch at SNY.tv




356 comments
Kathi Adams Thomas
Kathi Adams Thomas

Could we please get a closer??? Also, immediately fire our training staff and get some people that know how to get our team through a game without getting hurt....this has been a recurring issue over the last few years....fix it.

Toby Bruzik
Toby Bruzik

that explains why he was so off on opening day

Mike Pallotta
Mike Pallotta

I fully believe this team is jinxed.Is it me ? I don`t remember all these arm,elbow and shoulder injuries before.Where the hell is Chief Bender and his 900 innings pitched when we need him ?

tony6649
tony6649

The Mets should take a shot on Eduardo Nunez, His glove is questionable but his bat is much better than what the Mets have now. I also believe that moving away from Jeter's shadow will help this kids confidence defensively

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

QUESTION: Why was he pitching in a game in that condition? WTF, over????

Joan Fisher
Joan Fisher

So that's why he blew the game yesterday? Hoping for better days ahead for Parnell and the Mets!

Erik McNelson
Erik McNelson

&_&@$#%:! dunno what that says, but that is how i feel.

joebloe
joebloe

So it wasn't just an MCL tear..?

methead
methead

Its terrible for Parnell but its not as big as people try to make it seem.  Our biggest loss from Parnell was him getting hurt last year because we couldn't trade him in a package for a bat.

Aaron Lefton
Aaron Lefton

Is that the diagnosis? Thought he just sucked

eric88
eric88

They knew Murphys wife was due and he would be leaving.Sent Flores down and right back up. When will they ever stop jerking this kid around.

Peter Ramirez
Peter Ramirez

For the sake of representing the sensible minority of the human population, I would like to take this opportunity to not bash the Mets for something they likely had no prior knowledge of and something that was likely out of their control. Stuff happens. If you all haven't noticed, this is how these injuries generally tend to work: guy looks a little off, comes out of game and complains about forearm tightness/complains about forearm tightness after the game, player is examined and determined to have a torn UCL. Just like that. Chalk this up to being cursed as a franchise or whatever. Regardless, this is completely independent of the competence (or lackthereof) of the Wilpons. You can point to his diminished velocity during ST all you want, but it's still in no way the Mets fault. Plenty of guys display reduced velocity during ST, ESPECIALLY those coming back from surgery (or did you all just forget Parnell was coming back from neck surgery)? Obviously, Parnell felt well enough to pitch and never complained about his condition until the recent forearm tightness. If a guy says he's well enough to pitch and there are no other obvious signs something is awry, you let him pitch. It's not a Mets thing. It's not a baseball thing. It's a sports thing. Do I necessarily agree with it? No. But am I going to bash the Mets for maybe, kind of, sort of knowing something was a little bit off with Parnell? No.

As for Parnell himself, this obviously sucks. I still didn't think he has the stuff to be an effective closer, but you never want something like this to happen to any player, let alone one of your own. Wishing him all the best as surgery is almost all but assured at this point. 

And yes, our bullpen sucks. We know. There's almost no point in even venting about it at this point because it's so obvious.


Chris Miller
Chris Miller

Sandy make a huge trade now dont let this team sink this early plz take chance bring up our young guys now we deserve win this year

John Kaniuk
John Kaniuk

We at least have a real closer to back him up. When are the METS going to let the younger arms come up and pitch now? They are too cheap to pay these guys. IT is all about arbitration eligible, money, etc. I hope the METS surprise but, with a lousy bullpen, weak hitting and a lot of wholes, it looks like another below .500 season. Thanks SANDY.

John Varuolo
John Varuolo

Couldn't get out of the first game without an injury. It's going to be a long season.

Max Denby
Max Denby

Ah yes.  Our conservative and methodical GM Sandy does it again.  What a dummy.  Parnell should have been slowly working back into form. 

Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

Get well, bobby. Least has an excuse for his poor play yesterday.

Joshua Nunez
Joshua Nunez

It's ok one man can't make the whole team people have to step up

mystere24
mystere24

You could see this coming and it's a killer. Parnell finally came into his own last year. The Mets patience with one of our homegrown core finally paid off with a moving fastball and a killer knuckle curve (thanks to Jason Isringhausen), which is ironic since their lack of patience in bringing him back slowly from neck surgery probably caused him to alter his mechanics just enough to put additional strain on his elbow that blew out his ligament. Tough break for the Mets. Santana broke the Ryan Curse, but we're still living with the Duaner Sanchez cab ride curse!

They should not fool around with injections and just get him his TJ surgery so he can be part of next year's team. Is it possible Valverde or one of the other bullpen guys steps up to fill the gap? It's possible, but the more likely scenario is a weakened bullpen throughout the entire season without our only closer. This makes losing out on Grant Balfour that much more painful for Sandy and everyone in the organization. It also makes one wonder whether, with all the stud arms in AAA, whether the Mets should consider converting one of them into a closer like the Reds did with Chapman, for example. It's too early to punt on the season (despite what many of the Mets fans have already done who post here) so it will be interesting to see how this develops.

Cliff Neill
Cliff Neill

Just one game. What a shock. Jose Valverde, next!

Marco Castro
Marco Castro

There is always something with the Mets.....

cbbruuno
cbbruuno

Look, I am as upset and discouraged as anyone. However it absolutely amazes me how many people are making comments about how Parnell was never any good to begin with. You people are a joke. Parnell did great for us the last two years and all I am hearing is complaints. There has been plenty to complain about but Parnell's performance is not one of them. Stop with the knee jerk complaints and trashing of absolutely everything and everyone.

Len A. Conticello
Len A. Conticello

Look at the bright side. At least he can't blow any saves for a while.

D.j. Ace
D.j. Ace

Grandy's 3 KOs,bullpen completely emplodes=75 wins maybe Sandy

Erik Lum
Erik Lum

Bravo the curse continued in Metsland

Joe Sedo
Joe Sedo

Can't blame the medical staff for every injury...

David Becker
David Becker

And another Met bites the dust!! Nothing new there...........

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

If he gets a certain close call in the 9th, he gets the save. Pretty good performance considering the tear.


Think Valverde might be closer now, just don't know who gets it to him. 

Deb Soll Andrews
Deb Soll Andrews

CRAP. Sometimes it seems the Mets docs got their licenses from a cereal box (remember Church??)