As was reported yesterday, Mets closer Bobby Parnell will require surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Parnell, 29, has tried to avoid the procedure by resting for several weeks and he also received an epidural shot in his neck, but to no avail.
Parnell, who is arbitration eligible after this season, was having the best season of his career since taking over as the team’s closer.
The righthander was pitching intelligently and using his secondary pitches better than he ever has before and the results were quite impressive, posting a 2.16 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 22 saves in 49 games this season.
More importantly, Parnell saw a drastic decline in his home run rate which was at an impressive .18% down from a 1.10% average over the three previous seasons. Additionally, Parnell was missing more bats and had a career best .205 BAA and 2.15 BB/9.
Terry Collins said that if Parnell has the surgery he would be ready for Spring Training, altho...