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Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery

New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell will have Tommy John surgery and is out for the season. He had a 2.16 earned-run average and 22 saves last season.

Mets pitcher has partially torn right elbow ligament

Mets closer Bobby Parnell, who posted a 2.16 earned-run average and 22 saves in 26 chances last season, is set to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn elbow ligament. (Jeff Roberson/Associated Press)

New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell will have Tommy John surgery and is out for the season.

The Mets made the announcement Sunday night.

Parnell blew a save on opening day against Washington and the next day it was revealed he had partially torn right elbow ligament. He received a plasma injection and the original plan was for him to rest about two weeks before starting a throwing program and then deciding whether to have surgery.

Less than a week later, the Mets announced Parnell would undergo ligament replacement surgery on Tuesday.

Parnell was 5-5 with a 2.16 earned-run average and 22 saves in 26 chances last year, but the hard-throwing right-hander missed the last two months because of a neck injury that required surgery.

The 29-year-old Parnell took it easy in spring training, but was deemed ready for the start of the season. He didn't look it, however, last Monday against Washington. His fastball which usually hits about 95 miles per hour, averaged 92.

With Parnell out, veteran Jose Valverde has taken over closing for the Mets.

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