Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rehab Plan Laid out for Ailing Parnell

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rehab Plan Laid out for Ailing Parnell

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NEW YORK -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that closer Bobby Parnell will be sidelined for at least six weeks because of a partial tear in the medial collateral ligament of his right (throwing) elbow.

"My understanding is that he'll rest for the first two weeks and then he'll have a throwing program that could last as long as a month,'' Alderson said "It's conceivable, I guess, that we would cut that off earlier than four weeks if we thought he wasn't making progress.

"But right now I'm assuming two weeks rest and a four-week throwing program."

If that regimen doesn't work, Parnell likely would have little choice but to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Alderson is holding out hope Parnell can avoid such surgery because the tear is in a thicker part of the ligament than it was for phenom Matt Harvey, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery performed last fall.

For now, Jose Valverde will be the closer. He was the only effective reliever in a 9-7, 10-inning loss to Washington opening day. …

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