New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Mets announced that closer Bobby Parnell, who blew a save in the team’s season opener Monday, has been diagnosed with an incomplete tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right elbow.
Parnell underwent examination Tuesday at Hospital for Special Surgery after complaining of tightness in his right forearm after Monday’s game, which the Nationals won, 9-7, in 10 innings.
He was diagnosed with the partial MCL tear after a clinical evaluation and an MRI. Parnell received a platelet-rich plasma injection and has been prescribed complete rest for the next two weeks.
After that time, Parnell will begin a throwing program that will determine whether elbow surgery will be required.
With Parnell on the shelf, it could mean more save opportunities for Jose Valverde, who pitched well in a setup role on Monday.