Jul 23, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (39) pitches in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell has partial tear of MCL

March 30, 2013; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Mets hat and glasses lay with a tub of bubble gum in the dugout against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 30, 2013; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Mets hat and glasses lay with a tub of bubble gum in the dugout against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

What figures to be a relatively rough year for the New York Mets just got a little rougher as it’s been reported closer Bobby Parnell has a partial tear of his MCL.

The injury will forced Parnell to miss at least a few weeks of action as he attempts to recover and could possibly send him under the knife, this according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

#Mets: Parnell has partial tear of MCL in right below. Prescribed complete rest for two weeks. Could need surgery.

The Mets aren’t likely to compete in the National League East or even find themselves in the Wild Card race, but there was hope 2014 would be an improved year. And while that still may be the case, losing Parnell for any extended period certainly puts a hamper on the Mets and taxes their bullpen.

The team has not announced who will take over closing duties for Parnell (at least not yet), though early expectations are Jose Valverde – yes – Papa Grande – will hold down the role until Parnell returns. If he’s unable to and Valverde does well, the job could be his moving forward.

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