Mets closer Bobby Parnell has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow and will be shut down indefinitely. He received a platelet rich injection and will now rest for two weeks before possibly resuming a throwing program. If that doesn’t alleviate the problem, it’s likely he’ll have season ending surgery of the Tommy John variety which would also bring into question his availability for the first part of 2015.
This is obviously terrible news for Mets fans and Parnell owners alike. It’s expected that veteran Jose Valverde would slide into the closers role. Valverde pitched 1.1 innings and struck out three on Opening Day but we know to expect a great deal of volatility in performance from the 36 year old reliever. Other options within the organization are Vic Black, Jeurys Familia and even Kyle Farnsworth who was added to the club today.
Black had 17 saves at Triple-A last season while striking out 63 in 46.2 innings. He struck out 12 in 13 innings with the Mets late last year. Black will be 26 so it’s not like he’s a kid. At some point, if Valverde struggles, the Mets may turn to him to close out games. He’s definitely a good speculative add in deep leagues, especially where Valverde is also already taken.