Bobby Parnell to DL with herniated disk in neck, may need surgery

Bobby Parnell 1 polaroidThe Mets have placed RHP Bobby Parnell on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck.

Parnell has not pitched since last Tuesday after complaining about a stiff neck. He was prescribed muscle relaxers for his neck over the weekend, although Terry Collins told reporters on Sunday that Parnell had not improved much.

Update – 5:21 p.m.: Sandy Alderson spoke to the media about Parnell, saying: “He had a series of injections last week. He had an epidural yesterday. Right now, we’re simply evaluating how he responds to those two treatments. We’ll know more in the next two or three days. It is conceivable that if those don’t work, something more significant, more invasive, would have to be considered — surgery, possibly. But, right now we’re not at that stage.”

Wilmer Flores will take Parnell’s spot on the active roster.

Parnell’s stint on the disabled list is retroactive to July 31, and he can return on August 15, although Terry Collins told reporters today it’s possible but not certain Parnell will require surgery.

Michael Baron, Contributor

This stinks for Parnell. He was having a great season, which may likely be over.

It also really handcuffs Terry Collins and how he manages the bullpen. I would expect Terry is just going to go with the hot hand  or play matchups to close games out until Parnell (hopefully) comes back. Even so, this past weekend proved it’s going to be an adventure closing games out or holding teams down in spots Parnell would normally appear in.