Bobby Parnell to have Tommy John Surgery, likely done as a Met

Posted: April 6, 2014 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Parnell will now have to work hard to get back to where he was,likely for another team in 2015 Photo by NY Daily News

Parnell will now have to work hard to get back to where he was, likely for another team in 2015 (Photo by NY Daily News)

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….

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – If only the Mets had signed one of the available closers during the offseason. (More wishful thinking), They knew that coming off of serious neck surgery that going with Parnell was a high risk or at least they should have known it. It is their job and responsibility to the fans for them to know it. However, again, they made the wrong choice. Valverde and Farnsworth should both be setting up since because of their respective ages the Mets need two set up men to bridge a lead of 3 runs or less to a proven closer pitching in the 9th. Good luck Bobby – “Yes” – but what about the fans? When does our luck turn as we wait seemingly incessantly for the Mets front office to do right by the Mets fans? Thanks, Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      It’s tough Mike but this bullpen was a major problem with or without Parnell so they should have went out and addressed it.
      Grant Balfour was a guy they liked a lot and were willing to spend money on him. Balfour preferred to go back to Tampa and close, a place he was very familiar with and a team he got to a World Series with. Thanks for the comment Mike!

  2. […] I wrote about how Parnell likely played his last game as a Met. You can check out that article here. As of now the Mets plan on keeping Parnell. It is pretty crazy that 18 months ago we were talking […]

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