New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell suffered a partial tear of his MCL in his right elbow during Monday’s Opening Day loss to the Washington Nationals, according to Major League Baseball on Twitter:

Will Carroll of Bleacher Report had more on the injury:

The 29-year-old Parnell threw 18 strikes in 25 pitches, but gave up two hits and one earned run in one inning pitched in the loss, earning the blown save.    

The Mets will hope that two weeks of rest will allow Parnell to get back to 100 percent. Still, there’s no guarantee that the time off will be enough for the Mets veteran to completely heal.

Even in limited action as a closer, Parnell will be putting a ton of torque on his right elbow when he returns to the mound. Therefore, the club will need to be extra careful with his recovery. 

Parnell, now in his seventh season with the Mets, picked up a career high 22 saves last season in New York and entered 2014 with high hopes as a result. 

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