Sunday, April 06, 2014
Mets News: Bobby Parnell decides to have Tommy John surgery, done for season
New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell has decided to proceed with Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Team doctor David Atlchek is scheduled to perform the procedure Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
Parnell was diagnosed Tuesday with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow, a day after suffering a blown save in the season opener.
General manager Sandy Alderson indicated at the time that the tear was in a thick part of the ligament. Alderson added that Parnell first intended to rest for two weeks and then attempt a throwing program that might last for another month to determine the need for surgery.
However, Parnell ultimately decided to have the surgery without first attempting the rehab. He reasoned that Tommy John surgery requires a 10-to-14-month recovery time, and he wanted to avoid impacting his availability for 2015.