Parnell Heads To DL With Partial Tear In Elbow

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April 1

Bobby Parnell was diagnosed with an incomplete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on Tuesday, the Mets announced.

After an MRI & clinical evaluation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, he received a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection and has been prescribed complete rest for approximately two weeks.

Looks like Jose Valverde is now the new Mets closer and that Vic Black may be called back up to the team.

Sounds like Parnell will be out for a while even if he doesn’t need surgery. The Mets say two weeks, I say double that…

I knew something was amiss…

Last night I wondered why he wasn’t held back to pitch in extended spring training rather than having him with start the season with the team when he was clearly not ready yet.

Hate it when I’m right about stuff like this, but I’ve been watching this team forty years. You kind of develop a sixth sense for these kinds of things…

So here’s your Mets Bullpen now:

Jose Valverde, Jeurys Familia, Scott Rice, John Lannan, Carlos Torres, Vic Black, Gonzalez Germen.

It could be worse… At least we saw Valverde come up big on Opening Day, first getting out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh, and then pitching a scoreless eighth that ended with him doing his signature leaping fist pump.

Glad we picked him up…

March 31

It was a rough Opening Day for closer Bobby Parnell who blew his first save opportunity of the season when he allowed the Nationals to tie the game with a ninth inning run.

Parnell was sitting mostly between 89-91 mph with his fastball, but did touch 92 twice among his 25 pitches thrown. His decreased velocity is a far departure from the 96-100 mph fastballs we’ve come to expect from him before he underwent neck surgery.

Also problematic was the fact that his fastballs were all flat with no movement at all. additionally, I don’t believe he threw his signature knuckle-curve once, which I thought was very odd as well.  

I don’t understand why Parnell was allowed to start the season if he wasn’t close to his usual self on the mound.

I thought the whole point of signing Jose Valverde was in case Parnell wasn’t ready to start the season?

It’s apparent to me that Parnell probably could have used one or two more weeks in extended spring training to continue building his arm strength, and with that a probable return to the velocity we’re accustomed to seeing from him. There’s clearly something not right with him.

And if you were going to say the hell with it and take Parnell north knowing he was still weeks away from his usual effectiveness, why not let him pitch in low-pressure situations and let Valverde close until he was ready to resume the stopper role?

No movement on a low-nineties fastball in the ninth inning doesn’t sound like a recipe for success for the Mets and today it wasn’t.

The bullpen was awful as a whole in their first test of the season, so the 9-7 loss to the Nats wasn’t all on Parnell.

But considering where he is right now in terms of his effectiveness, I question the wisdom of having him close games when his arsenal is nowhere near where it should be right now.

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