Bobby Parnell RP NYM 4 Months

Bobby Parnell (elbow) indicated Thursday that doctors have told him it's "50/50" whether he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Parnell has a torn medial collateral ligament, but because the tear is in the thick part of the ligament doctors are giving him a better chance to heal via rest and rehab. He's been given a platelet-rich plasma injection and will be re-evaluated after two weeks. Parnell said he may make a decision on surgery after those two weeks are up rather than wait six weeks as had been previously reported.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 4 Months

Bobby Parnell is not expected to make a decision about Tommy John elbow surgery for another six weeks.

Parnell was given a platelet-rich plasma injection on Tuesday and will hope that it helps the healing process for his torn medial collateral ligament. If the plasma doesn't work, he'll then go under the knife and begin a rehab process that will likely last through the early part of the 2015 season. Jose Valverde is expected to get the first crack at save opportunities for the Mets.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 4 Months

Mets placed RHP Bobby Parnell on the 15-day disabled list with a torn medial collateral ligament.

The Mets announced the bad news on Parnell Tuesday and now have officially placed him on the DL. The reliever has been given a platelet-rich plasma injection and will rest for two weeks before resuming a throwing program. Tommy John surgery is a distinct possibility.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 4 Months

Bobby Parnell has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Parnell showed diminished velocity and movement on his pitches during Monday's game and now we know why. He complained of tightness in his forearm after the game and the partial tear was found following an MRI. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will rest for two weeks before resuming at throwing program, but surgery is possible if he doesn't show improvement. Jose Valverde figures to get the save chances for New York in his absence and is suddenly a must-own in all fantasy leagues.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 4 Months

Bobby Parnell blew the first save of the 2014 MLB season in Monday's loss to the Nationals.

Parnell had velocity issues all spring and they didn't suddenly disappear in Monday's regular-season opener. He hit 93 mph at one point, but his fastball mostly sat in the 89-91 mph range and the Nationals were able to take advantage. Attempting to protect a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, Parnell allowed a single to Ian Desmond, a walk to Danny Espinosa, and then Denard Span doubled in the tying run. Jose Valverde looks like a worthwhile add in standard fantasy leagues.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 4 Months

Bobby Parnell might not pitch more than two days in a row in the early part of the season.

Parnell is coming back from neck surgery and his velocity isn't all the way there yet, so there's a chance Jose Valverde could get the occasional save chance early in the year. The Mets are surely hoping it won't take long for Parnell to get back to normal.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 4 Months

Bobby Parnell gave up his first run of the spring Tuesday when he surrendered a solo homer to Ryan Zimmerman.

Parnell's velocity still isn't all of the way back following neck surgery, but he's been effective anyway with his 1.50 ERA. The Mets are committed to going forth with him in the closer's role.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 4 Months

Bobby Parnell pitched a hitless ninth versus the Cardinals on Monday.

Parnell's velocity isn't all of the way back after neck surgery, but it doesn't sound like the Mets have any intention of using someone else to close early on. It's Parnell's job unless he starts struggling in regular-season games.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 5 Months

Bobby Parnell (quad) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday.

Parnell threw a scoreless inning in a "B" game on Thursday, so he's ready to roll. The reliever is coming off of neck surgery, but it's a tight quad that's slowed his routine in camp. However, it appears that both issues are now behind him, and he should be fine to close on Opening Day if he doesn't have any setbacks.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 5 Months

Bobby Parnell (quad, neck) threw a scoreless inning in a "B" game on Thursday in Mets camp.

"Everything felt good," Parnell said afterward. "Coming into it my routine was good and my arm was strong. I felt like I came out there throwing strikes, so I'm happy with it." The right-hander should be ready to close for the Mets on the first day of the regular season. He had an outstanding 2.16 ERA in 50 innings last year.