Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right ulnar collateral ligament, the team announced.
Parnell will have the surgery on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure.
He pitched Opening Day, but later complained of pain in his elbow. According to Sandy Alderson, Monday 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.
GM Sandy 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.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I really don’t know what to say to this. I’m kind of speechless and really, really discouraged. This is becoming a problem for MLB in a way I don’t remember during previous years watching baseball. It’s hard to have favorite players and root for guys when, every time we turn around, they’re yanked from existence for a year or more. It’s frustrating and not fun.
As for the Mets, thankfully they have Jose Valverde, who has a real track record of success as a closer. It’s his job and he can handle it. It’s the rest of the bullpen that is the bigger issue, since everyone sort of bumps up a slot and they were already shot-handed to begin with. The only good news for Parnell is that, because of the timing, he should be ready to return early in 2015.
SNY Mets Analyst Bob Ojeda discusses Bobby Parnell’s decision to undergo Tommy John surgery, and what lies ahead for the Mets bullpen moving forward.