Bobby Parnell Will Have Tommy John Surgery
I can’t say this is surprising, nor can I blame Parnell for the decision. In fact, I thought it was ludicrous of him to take this long to come to terms with the inevitable. Had he been throwing 97-99 MPH prior to the partial tear, and pitching effectively, I might think differently. But what was the best scenario, had the platelet-rich plasma injection successfully staved off further tearing of his UCL? Parnell would be throwing between 90 and 92 MPH, without great command, and always be at risk for fully tearing his ulnar collateral ligament (or medial collateral ligament, depending on which medical school you were versed). How effective would Parnell be in the low 90s?
Better to get Parnell under the knife now, hope all goes well with the surgery and rehab, and have him back at 100% next April. Full recovery usually takes no more than 9-10 months, so it’s completely realistic and reasonable to expect such an outcome.