Bobby Parnell injured the UCL in his right elbow, Sandy Alderson repeated to reporters on Wednesday at Citi Field.
4:05 pm: The Mets have seen Parnell pitch in enough games during his career that, if something was off in his delivery that may have led to an elbow injury, they would have seen it, Terry Collins said before Wednesday’s game.
3:52 pm: According to Alderson, Monday after the game was the first time he was informed of any pain associated with Parnell’s arm, which could keep him from pitching in a game for at least six weeks.
Alderson acknowledged that Parnell’s velocity had been down during Spring Training, but that is not always a precursor to an elbow injury.
“It’s a somewhat different location than, for example, from Matt Harvey‘s injury,” Alderson said. “Parnell’s injury is in part of a thicker part of the ligament, which means the partial tear may not be as serious and may not immediately require surgery like it might if in a different part of the ligament.”
The team endorses Parnell’s desire to be conservative in how he rests and returns to a throwing program, especially considering that surgery is always a possibility.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
According to Alderson, rehab will not heal the tear. The ligament is what it is and will continue to be torn unless it is surgically repaired. The question facing Parnell, as is always the case with pitchers in his situation, is whether the tear is such that he can pitch with it. It seems doctors and player feel it is, at least for now, and so we’ll see what happens when he gets back on the mound…