According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
Right-hander Bobby Parnell is being shut down for the remaining 12 games of the season with inflammation of the plica in his right elbow, according to the team.
After Parnell was declared unavailable for use Sunday by Jerry Manuel, the reliever told ESPNNewYork.com he believed the issue was triceps related. An MRI was taken Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The injury is expected to calm down without the need for any procedure.”
The 26-year-old righty gave routinely lit up the radar gun with triple digits and it’s a huge relief that he didn’t light up that MRI machine. After emerging as the team’s set up man for the last couple of months Parnell finishes 2010 with 9 holds and an impressive 33:8 K:BB ratio.
I would have loved to see Bobby get a chance to close out a few games in order to better gauge whether or not he is in fact the team’s closer of the future. The physical tools seem to be there but when it comes to the 9th inning, mental fortitude is something that a radar gun just won’t pick up. The buzz is that the injury is not an overly serious one and should be able to be overcome with rest rather than surgery, leaving the door open for Parnell to potentially close in 2011.
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