Bobby Parnell RP NYM 20 Days

While Parnell, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is unlikely to begin the season active, manager Terry Collins said Monday that the closer role is his to lose, ESPN New York reports.

Parnell won't thrown from a mound until January and progress to larger duty until midway through spring training, meaning he may not be ready for game action until May. If Jenrry Mejia or Jeurys Familia are pitching well, Parnell, despite Collins' comments, may pitch as a set-up man and only close if the Mets are struggling in the ninth inning.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 2 Months

Parnell (elbow) is not expected to return for the start of the 2015 season, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports. "Right now I think we're projecting sometime after the season starts," GM Sandy Alderson said. "But that's just an educated guess right now."

Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery back in April and is currently throwing on flat ground at 120 feet at the team's facility in Florida. The team hopes to have him throwing off of a mound by Christmas, but they certainly won't rush his progress after such a major operation. At this point, it's difficult to see Parnell opening the year as the Mets' closer, though a more accurate return timetable will be available in the coming months.

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Parnell, who had Tommy John surgery on Apr. 8, hopes to throw off a mound around Christmas, ESPN New York reports.

Parnell has been playing catch for three weeks and will throw throughout the winter, rather than shutting it down for the off-season. If he is able to throw off a mound around Xmas, there is a good possibility he will be ready for the beginning of spring training, though the Mets may bring him long slowly.

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Parnell played catch Saturday for the first time since his Tommy John surgery back on Apr. 8, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

Parnell still has a long road to recovery but hopes to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

Bobby Parnell RP NYM 9 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.

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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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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.