Mets News:Bobby Parnell was officially placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a herniated disk in his neck, a day after receiving an epidural at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Bobby Parnell indicated the herniated disk in his neck is pushing on a nerve and causing discomfort down his arm. He hopes the epidural -- an anti-inflammatory injection right on the disk, which he received Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery -- will calm the issue. He said he is prepared to get a similar injection in a week, after which surgery would be considered if there is no improvement.
Parnell said he would be ready for spring training if he did require surgery.
"It's pushing on a nerve. So we've got to get the inflammation out of there and take it one day at a time, see how it goes," Parnell said. "... It's just a holding pattern right now. We'll see what happens. If it works the first time, that's great. I think you can have up to two epidurals. I'm going to try that until I can't anymore. If it doesn't work, then surgery is an option. If I do have surgery, they said I'll be ready for spring training next year. It's just a waiting game right now."
Sandy Alderson suggested surgery ultimately may be required.
“He had a series of injections last week. He had an epidural yesterday. And so right now we’re simply evaluating how he responds to those two treatments,” Alderson said. “We’ll know more in the next two or three days. It is conceivable that if those don’t work, something more significant, more invasive would have to be considered -- surgery, possibly. But right now we’re not at that stage.”
Terry Collins said the Mets will mix and match at closer. Among the considerations: David Aardsma, LaTroy Hawkins, Gonzalez Germen and Carlos Torres.
As we all know by now, Wilmer Flores has taken Parnell's spot on the roster.