Bobby Parnell Injury: Updates on Mets Closer's Elbow and Return

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 1, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, April 6

The Mets official Twitter account provides some devastating news for Bobby Parnell and fans of the team:

Updates from Friday, April 4

ESPN's Adam Rubin has an update on Parnell's status:

Bobby Parnell indicated Thursday that team doctors have told him it is “50-50” whether he will require Tommy John surgery. 

The injured closer added that he may make a decision about whether to have surgery in two weeks -- not wait the full six weeks that includes a throwing program Sandy Alderson laid out Wednesday. 

That’s because Tommy John surgery has a 10- to 14-month recovery time, and Parnell wants to ensure he does not affect his availability for 2015 if he needs to proceed with the ligament-replacement surgery. 

“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,” Parnell said. 

Updates from Wednesday, April 2

The Mets announce Bobby Parnell has hit the DL:

ESPN's Adam Rubin provides more details:

Original Text:

New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell suffered a partial tear of his MCL in his right elbow during Monday's Opening Day loss to the Washington Nationals, according to Major League Baseball on Twitter:

Will Carroll of Bleacher Report had more on the injury:

The 29-year-old Parnell threw 18 strikes in 25 pitches, but gave up two hits and one earned run in one inning pitched in the loss, earning the blown save.    

The Mets will hope that two weeks of rest will allow Parnell to get back to 100 percent. Still, there's no guarantee that the time off will be enough for the Mets veteran to completely heal.

Even in limited action as a closer, Parnell will be putting a ton of torque on his right elbow when he returns to the mound. Therefore, the club will need to be extra careful with his recovery. 

Parnell, now in his seventh season with the Mets, picked up a career high 22 saves last season in New York and entered 2014 with high hopes as a result.