Bobby Parnell faces neck surgery

Updated: September 10, 2013, 6:01 PM ET
By Adam Rubin |

NEW YORK -- Mets closer Bobby Parnell requires surgery for a herniated disk in his neck and will have the procedure Tuesday, the team said.

Parnell, who turns 29 on Sunday, was placed on the disabled list July 31. He emerged as a solid closer this season, with Frank Francisco missing most of the year with right elbow discomfort.

Parnell was 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA and had 22 saves in 26 chances before becoming sidelined.

He remains under the Mets' control through the 2015 season. He earned $1.7 million this season and again is eligible for arbitration this winter.

Parnell had tried to avoid the procedure. He first rested for several weeks and received an epidural injection to try to get the issue resolved without surgery.

General manager Sandy Alderson said Parnell should be ready for the start of spring training.

Parnell was due to have the surgery performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in California.

"We expect him to be," Alderson said about Parnell's readiness for 2014.

Watkins has performed back operations on numerous star athletes, including the NFL's Peyton Manning, Rob Gronkowski and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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