One day after Mets closer Bobby Parnell blew a ninth inning lead against the Nationals, the right-hander is now sidelined with a partially torn MCL in his elbow.
The Mets added former Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth to their bullpen from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, as Parnell will now rest for two weeks. Parnell will also reportedly receive platelet-rich plasma injections to see if they can help.
Parnell showed decreased velocity in the Mets' 9-7 loss to the Nats on Monday, throwing his fastball in the high 80s. According to FanGraphs, Parnell's fastball averaged 95 miles per hour in 2013. In 2011 he averaged 97.2 mph.
Despite adding Farnsworth, the Mets are expected to use Jose Valverde as their closer. Valverde was New York's best bullpen arm on Monday with 1 1/3 perfect innings and three strikeouts.
Farnsworth joins the Mets after splitting 2013 with the Rays and Pirates with a 4.70 combined ERA in 48 appearances. He has a 4.26 career ERA in 858 MLB games.