Bobby Parnell 8 (Baron)

Parnell had successful Tommy John surgery

Bobby Parnell underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, the Mets announced.

He pitched Opening Day, but later complained of pain in his elbow. According to Sandy Alderson, after the game was the first time he was informed of any pain associated with Parnell’s arm. He was originally scheduled for two weeks of rest, then begin a throwing program of four weeks, which would determine if surgery was necessary.

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 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 while rehabbing from last season’s neck surgery, they would have seen it, Terry Collins said last week.

Tommy John surgery usually has a recovery time of one calendar year.




18 comments

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hankincolo
hankincolo

Successful??? 

Only if he pitches again and only if he pitches like he did before hurting his neck.

Michael Paulsen
Michael Paulsen

Wonder how this always happens to the Mets, and they never see it coming.

Matthew Crawford
Matthew Crawford

Stop cutting and pasting the same language from old blog posts. I love MetsBlog and I respect your collective journalism, but this is getting ridiculous.  I know you have to report a major piece of news/development (successful TJ surgery), and you have to add some meat to the bear bones of the story, but come up with some new language. Opinions definitely should not be recycled. It is getting annoying to read the same thing multiple times.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

Technically, aren't we about 12-15 months away from knowing if it was successful?  Or do they mean "successful" in the sense that his arm wasn't accidentally cut off?

drmetfan
drmetfan

Get well soon Bobby. See you next year.

matt520
matt520

I wonder how the organization views the closers role going forward.

Certainly Parnell was progressing and becoming a reliable closer, but I think this injury basically takes away any claim to the job he had established.

Sure, Valverde will be a fill in, maybe Hanrahan if Valverde struggles.

Does Vic Black ultimately take the role when he remembers how to throw a strike? Does someone like Familia who has great stuff get a shot at some point and run with it?

Parnell may come back in a year but by that time the job may be filled and filled by a younger guy who has a firm grasp and a brighter future.

Bad timing for Parnell

nwmets
nwmets

Hope you get some good drugs, Bobby! You'll need them when you watch the bullpen you left behind...

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Good to hear. Best of luck, Bobby. 

 Only happens to the Mets? Have you seen how many pitchers have gone down for TJ surgery this season?

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

 You know what Sandy says?..when in doubt baffle em' with B.S.

nwmets
nwmets

@Michael Frias  "Successful" meaning he's still alive. Although they don't specifically say that...

rico
rico

Vic Black is on the DL in AAA. So Vic is not the immediate answer.

nwmets
nwmets

It's sometimes considered less than successful when the patient dies on the operating table...