Bobby Parnell warms up 2

Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery

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.




255 comments
Gregory McLaughlin
Gregory McLaughlin

Another year in the crapper. But at record breaking speed. Well done. Wishing Bobby a record breaking recovery.

Michael J. Farber
Michael J. Farber

Mets are probably better off. Still early enough to get someone better in the pen.

bruster
bruster

OPENING DAY AND HERE'S THE FIRST PITCH...AND THE SEASON'S OVER

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Time to move on. Parnell was never a truly established closer. He wanted to be and had one solid year as a closer..that's it. Time to see what else we got and find out if we have our long term closer here or in the minors. If not, go get one Sandy! 


One other thing, what is that bent ear from the hat thing (above picture)? You wanted to be the closer and you have trouble wearing a hat?  

Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez

Let him go already pick up a real closer already

bigdirty
bigdirty

Developing a team around young pitching requires a lot of luck thats why its so difficult. Pitching wins championships but you dont need aces at all 5 spots in the rotation. 


Its easier to make the playoffs with a great offense and its easier t build a great offense. Offensive players dont hav the hills and vallies pitchers do and dotn have the health issues. A good offense can make an average pitcher into a 15 game winner along with a good bullpen. 


My point is that the mets now need to take a chance and deal one of their pitching prospects for bats that will make a difference. This team desperatly need a righ handed power bat to sit betwwen granderson and Wright. Scoring runs allieviates pressure on teh entire team. The pitchers dont have to be perfect. The bullpen has leeway and the defense is allowed to make a mistake. 


Pitchers get hurt too often and promisin careers end to quickly. If yoou try to build around pitching injuries to your pitching can oblitereate your development. 


Dont be greedy get enough pitching for your rotation and use the rest of your stockpile to fill in the other 8 spots

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

With all this talk of tj surgery...whats up with Hefner?

John Kaniuk
John Kaniuk

Thanks Dan Warthen. When are people going to realize that you have NO CLUE on how to manage a pitching staff? Every year now the METS have another pitcher on the DL which loses a season. It only gets worse.

Patrick Boegel
Patrick Boegel

That was a really quick two weeks after the platlet rich plasma injection five days ago!


This organization and their Mickey Mouse madness.

Jimmy Petrillo
Jimmy Petrillo

wonderful!?!?! check the rest of the Mets pitching staff to see if anyone else needs surgery , maybe the Mets can get a group discount . lol

James Haluska
James Haluska

How did the Mets allow him to pitch when they knew how fragile his arm was?

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

Depth wins Championships.  The number of Tommy John surgery's occurring across MLB is alarming.  Yes the Mets have Valverde but I was hoping that he would be the setup for Parnell.  Now the only decent arm you have in the pen is Valverde and he can't pitch the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning.  The Mets need to take a page out of the Cardinals play book and bring up the power arms to pitch out of the pen and then stretch them out later to eventually become a starter.

Patty Holmes
Patty Holmes

Ron Darling should be the pitching coach.

Eleanor Schiavo
Eleanor Schiavo

I'm sorry to hear that. I hope he has a quick recovery.

Noah Roby
Noah Roby

Well yeah, they announced last monday or tuesday that it was a tear in the MCL. They said he'd see if he could rehab it and if not get TJS. This isn't a surprise to anyone because it's been a known injury for a week.

Max Denby
Max Denby

I find nothing more annoying than watching a team with terrible pullpen. Sandy must be judged on horrible pens he has put together over the last 3 years.

benmoz
benmoz

Now sandy sandy has a perfect reason to actually trade either Davis or Duda... But which?? Hahahaha

Andy
Andy

FIRE THE TRAINING AND MEDICAL STAFF ALREADY

Brian Weryavah
Brian Weryavah

Another problem, which I am seeing first hand is, kids are starting to pitch at earlier ages and a lot of times, don't have the right mechanics or are throwing a lot of curveballs and breaking pitches before their arms are fully developed. My son started pitching at 7 years old and by 11 could throw a curveball. I am no expert, but I have had many arguments with coaches over the years. He is a senior now, but TJ surgery seems eminent. His velocity is down, he ices his elbow all of the time. He is a starting pitcher for his high school team and in the first 12 games of the season, he has started 5 games and pitched twice in relief. A lot of coaches don't have a clue what they are doing, including Dan Warthen.

Daniel Batista
Daniel Batista

Great news!!! Jose Valverde is a far better closer then Parnell will ever be.

Peter Ramirez
Peter Ramirez

Though I fully expect Valverde to cough up the closer's role due to effectiveness before long, it'll at least be nice to watch a guy use his fastball consistently and try to throw it for strikes unlike the likes of Krod and FF. Their nibbling drove me NUTS. 

AnnMarie DeMarco Sheline
AnnMarie DeMarco Sheline

i know this was coming also. To many of the Mets pitchers are getting hurt. Perhaps they need a new pitching coach.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Can one of the dozens of Mets fans saying Parnell is done as a Met please explain your logic? Everyone is just saying "He's done" without any reason. Am I missing something?

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Yeah you're right.  I' pretty sure the Mets are the only team with pitchers getting hurt.

openmind6
openmind6

@James Haluska

Where does it say the Mets knew he had a fragile arm?

nolrog
nolrog

Are you leaving?

nolrog
nolrog

And Keith should be hitting coach.  But that would rob us of a fantastic broadcast crew.

lindro88
lindro88

WHY? every team losses pitchers. Look at the list of pitchers on the DL.

Patrick Boegel
Patrick Boegel

@jimmybx182  a cutter is just a variation on the seams grip on the fastball, there is ZERO torque needed to throw a cutter, and frankly to throw a good slider it is unnecessary either.  Pitchers who can't get movement need to alter standard mechanics to create torque.


Mariano Rivera threw a cutter, exclusively, for nearly 20 years, in the most unorthodox of fashions, pitching almost 2/3 to 1/2 games team played.  Al Leiter lived off a cutter post his early career arm issues.


There are countless more, it is not the pitch, it is luck of the draw.

lindro88
lindro88

Dan Warthen is a major league pitching coach. He definitely knows what he is going. He believes in what he is doing. He's not causing injuries. Look around the league. Pitchers get hurt. Roger McDowell has a pretty good track record. Meanwhile half his staff needs TJ surgery.

lindro88
lindro88

If it was just the Mets is agree. Atlanta has lost 3 pitchers this season. Roger McDowell is considered a top pitching coach.

Peter Ramirez
Peter Ramirez

@Zach Ripple  Just people being people, aka stupid. Parnell is going to be fine. Nearly every pitcher who comes back from TJS comes back as good as new, and sometimes they come back better than ever. The only real losers here are the Mets for the 2014 season. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@openmind6  if they didnt then that is an even bigger problem.  people dont lose 10mph on their fastball in one offseason for no reason. 

Mark Kohn
Mark Kohn

@lindro88 You'd have a good all-star pitching team with the pitchers on the DL with TJS. 

anymos
anymos

@lindro88 Dan knows what he's doing, but below the major league level, in HS and college, that's not always the case.  When Harvey was drafted, I read the story about him throwing 97 mph on the 145th pitch of a game in North Carolina - as if it was a good thing.  I sent an e-mail to a friend that said 'great- how much time before this guy needs TJ surgery?'  Its a conflict of interest  You have coaches who need to win to keep their jobs and justify their salaries- there's an incentive to risk the health of the player.