ATLANTA - Bobby Parnell's decision to have Tommy John surgery didn't surprise Mets manager Terry Collins. "Bobby and I talked enough," Collins said Tuesday, when Parnell had the ligament-replacement procedure.
"He was real concerned about always waking up every day knowing he had a tear in there and how long it would last . So he made the right decision."
Initially, Parnell hoped to rehab the partially torn ligament in his elbow. But Sunday, he opted for surgery in hopes of being back next season, when Mets ace Matt Harvey is also expected to return from Tommy John surgery.
Ligament replacement typically means at least a 10-month recovery. Said Collins: "The percentages are so high that you've got to say, certainly, with where the tear was with Bob, that he's going to recover from it and be very effective." Parnell, 29, posted a 2.16 ERA and racked up 22 saves last season. He made one appearance this year, blowing the save on Opening Day.
The Mets announced that Frank Viola was released Tuesday from New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, following heart surgery. The former 20-game winner from East Meadow had been expected to be the Mets' pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas after a successful stint in the same role with Class A Savannah.
Catcher Travis d'Arnaud snapped an 0-for-16 streak to start the season with a fourth-inning single. "It felt good to see that first hit go through," d'Arnaud said. "It was a relief." He later doubled to trigger a two-run seventh . . . Collins improved to 2-for-2 on video reviews this season. He successfully overturned an out call on Juan Lagares in the eighth. Replays showed that Lagares beat pitcher Ian Thomas' throw to first base. The review took three minutes . . . Third baseman David Wright was in the lineup Tuesday night against the Braves, even though he was nearly sidelined by a stomach bug.
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