Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Mets closer will have Tommy John surgery

NEW YORK — Mets RH closer Bobby Parnell will have elbow ligament replacement surgery — known as Tommy John surgery — and is out for the season, the announced Sunday.

Parnell blew a save on opening day. The next day, it was revealed he had a partially torn right elbow ligament.

The team said he received a plasma injection and planned for him to rest for about two weeks. But no improvement was being made.

Parnell was 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA and 22 saves in 26 chances last year.

More Tommy John: RHP Jameson Taillon, a touted Pirates prospect, will have surgery and miss the season. Taillon, 22, the second overall pick in 2010, began feeling pain late in spring training. Two weeks of rest didn't help.

Brewers: LF Ryan Braun, who sat Saturday with a nerve issue in his right thumb, said he decided against surgery while suspended in 2013 for using performance-enhancing drugs. He said his surgical options were one that would leave the thumb numb for the rest of his life and one that potentially could leave him in pain. For now, he hopes the thumb improves on its own.

Dodgers: RF Yasiel Puig sat with a swollen left thumb. An MRI exam was done, but results were not available. He was hurt Saturday while making a headfirst slide on an infield single.

Indians: CF Michael Bourn, who hoped to return from a strained left hamstring today, instead will play a few more games in the minors. An exact timetable for his return has not been determined.

Nationals: An MRI exam on 3B Ryan Zimmerman's right shoulder revealed inflammation but no structural issues. Zimmerman, who has felt pain while making throws, is scheduled to be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy sat for the second time in three games because of back spasms and remains day to day.

Red Sox: 3B Will Middlebrooks went on the DL with a strained right calf sustained Friday.

Postponement: Today's Brewers-Phillies game in Philadelphia was postponed because of expected bad weather.

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