After a follow-up exam Tuesday, Bobby Parnell told ESPN New York he could still end up having surgery on a herniated disc.
He has still not been cleared to resume baseball activities, according to the report.
“I think there’s a timeline where if I don’t get to a certain point at a certain time, they’ll push for it,” he said of surgery. “The doctors are hesitant, and rightfully so, it’s a part of the body where they feel like if I push it too much or come back too quick there will be some serious damage. There is that fine balancing act.”
In either case, Parnell’s goal is to be ready for next year’s Spring Training.
Parnell was placed on the disabled list on August 6 and received an epidural shot in his neck to help alleviate the pain. He recently told reporters that he’ll likely get a second shot, after which season-ending surgery would be the next step.
Parnell has a 2.16 ERA with 22 saves in 49 games this season.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
He was terrific this season, and it’s never good to have a pitcher like him talk about hoping to be ready for Spring Training. It just never feels right. But, as terrific as he had been, he could also be a valuable trade chip this winter when talking to teams about acquiring a power bat for the outfield. This will hurt his value, no doubt, or at the very least make it a mystery.
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