Doctors have told Bobby Parnell there’s a 50-50 chance he’ll need to have surgery on the partially torn UCL in his right elbow (Rubin, April 3).
Parnell said that he would like to be able to make a potential decision on surgery quickly:
“I want to make sure if I do have surgery I give myself the best bet to get back for next year and have the recovery time.”
At the same time, Parnell is hopeful of being able to avoid surgery:
“They felt like I had a good chance of coming back from it from where the tear is. They’re going to try it. If it doesn’t work, then the surgery is there. If it does work, then continue pitching.”
Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the UCL tear Parnell has is in a thicker part of the ligament than Matt Harvey‘s UCL tear was.
Parnell is in the middle of two weeks of prescribed rest, and is expected to begin a four week throwing program afterwards. The success of the throwing program will determine whether or not Parnell will be able to avoid surgery.