New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell will undergo neck surgery in California on Tuesday to correct a herniated disk, according to a report from Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
Parnell, who was placed on the Mets' DL on July 21, sought to avoid surgery by resting for several weeks and received an epidural injection to try to alleviate the pain.
He is expected to miss the rest of the season but will likely return as the Mets' closer next season. He turned 29 on Sunday and will end his season 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 50 innings, converting 22 saves in 26 appearances before being placed on the DL. Parnell made $1.7 million this season, is eligible for arbitration this winter and remains under contract with the Mets through the 2015 season.
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