He pitched Opening Day, but later complained of pain in his elbow. According to Sandy Alderson, after the game was the first time he was informed of any pain associated with Parnell’s arm. He was originally scheduled for two weeks of rest, then begin a throwing program of four weeks, which would determine if surgery was necessary.
Alderson acknowledged that Parnell’s velocity had been down during Spring Training, but that is not always a precursor to an elbow injury.
“It’s a somewhat different location than, for example, from Matt Harvey‘s injury,” Alderson said. “Parnell’s injury is in part of a thicker part of the ligament, which means the partial tear may not be as serious and may not immediately require surgery like it might if in a different part of the ligament.”
The Mets have seen Parnell pitch in enough games during his career that, if something was off in his delivery that may have led to an elbow injury while rehabbing from last season’s neck surgery, they would have seen it, Terry Collins said last week.
Tommy John surgery usually has a recovery time of one calendar year.