New York Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Parnell complained of tightness in his forearm following Monday’s game and following an MRI he received a plasma injection. The Mets will now rest him for two weeks and eventual Tommy John surgery is possible.
Parnell allowed one run in his inning of work on Monday, blowing a save opportunity in a Mets loss to the Washington Nationals.
Jose Valverde will operate as the Mets closer for the foreseeable future.
Parnell pitched in 49 games last season posting a 2.16 ERA with a 3.67 K/BB while saving 22 games.
Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, and Gonzalez Germen could be all be candidates for saves at some point this season.