Bobby Parnell will sit out the rest of the season after having surgery on a partially-torn MCL in his right elbow and has hopes of being fully fit for Spring training in 2015.
Parnell will undergo the surgery on Tuesday the New York Mets confirmed last night, and will be replaced as closing pitcher for the Mets by Jose Valverde.
The Mets sent Parnell for an MRI scan last week which revealed the ligament tear and originally wanted him to avoid surgery through rehab. The pitcher was set for two weeks rest where his condition would be assessed.
But according to the Mets website, a team source said Parnell spoke to his family and opted for surgery so he would not miss any part of the 2015 season.
It was clear that for Parnell the injury is not manageable and he wanted the problem solved before he rejoins baseball.
Jose Valverde will replace Parnell as the Mets ninth-inning pitcher for the rest of the season.
MLB.com's analyst Danny Graves explained Valverde's problems will not just be physical, but a test of his mental strength to play as closer for the Mets.
Parnell was a ninth round pick for the Mets in 2005 and began playing major league three years later.
The pitcher played just one game this season, which was the opener against the Washington Nationals and the Mets lost 9-7.
The Mets indifferent start to the season has continued with a 2-4 record as they prepare to travel to Atlanta for a three midweek games.
Parnell becomes the third pitcher to tear an elbow ligament in the past eight months at the Mets. Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner are recovering from what is know as Tommy John surgery, and will also be out of action until the Opening Day in 2015.
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