By Steven Inman
Bobby Parnell has elected to undergo Tommy John Surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. His Met career is clearly in doubt as Parnell was arbitration eligible after the season for the final time. The Mets won’t give Parnell a raise coming off Tommy John and missing the season. Parnell is making $3.7 million this season and it is extremely rare for a player to be given less the next year in arbitration even if he only pitched in a single game.
The closer was expected to attempt to rehab the injury after originally being diagnosed first to be shut down for two weeks. This is a complete disaster. It was obvious that Parnell wasn’t healthy watching him throw all spring and a bad bullpen gets worse without their closer, possibly for the year. Rehabbing a torn elbow ligament rarely ever works if ever and there is a legitimate chance that Parnell has thrown his last pitch for the Mets.
Parnell had his value at an all time high last summer when the Mets fielded trade offers for their closer. I speculated that the Mets could move Parnell to the Tigers for a top prospect, perhaps even outfielder now 3B Nick Castellanos. You can check out that article here.
Parnell had nothing on his fastball on Opening Day and it was smart of the Mets to give him an MRI, even if it was a few weeks later than it should have been. Parnell needs surgery and it was probably smart of him to not attempt to rehab the injury first. Remember Matt Harvey tried to rehab a similar injury as well and winded up undergoing Tommy John surgery, prolonging the time he will be out.
Jose Valverde was already named the closer temporarily with Kyle Farnsworth being used late in games. It is unknown if either pitcher has anything left in the tank, let alone can close out games but both were solid in the season’s first week. Best of luck Bobby….