Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Will injured Mets be back?
By AJ Mass
Although Bobby Parnell wants to return to the mound for the New York Mets this season, it's not looking like that will end up being the case, and in fact, the closer may still be in line for surgery to repair a herniated disc.
"I'm pushing to get back this season," Parnell said. "The doctors are hesitant, and rightfully so, it's a part of the body where they feel like if I push it too much or come back too quick there will be some serious damage. There is that fine balancing act. I'm pushing as hard as I can. But they have the reins."
David Wright is also pushing hard for some September game action, as he recovers from a hamstring injury that has seen the third baseman sidelined since August 2. "I don't think in my mind there's any question," Wright said Tuesday about his return to the Mets lineup before the end of the year.
With the Mets likely to shut down pitchers Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler before the end of the season, having Wright in the lineup might be good for the team's bottom line, as at least they'd have one player on the field that fans might be willing to pay to see. The Mets play 15 of their last 21 games of the season at CitiField.
Matt EhaltParnell: Surgery still an option
"Parnell said the next week should be telling, and he still wants to return this season. He has a doctor's appointment next week, although he's not sure of the date."