There was more bad news Tuesday for New York Mets fans following their home opening 9-7 loss Monday at Citi Field.
The team says relief pitcher Bobby Parnell has an elbow injury and is out definitely for two weeks and likely more.
Parnell is coming off an offseason neck surgery to treat a herniated disc.
He pitched in the ninth inning of Monday's game against the Nationals, giving up a run that tied the game at 5-5.
The Mets say Parnell was examined Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery and was diagnosed with a partial tear of a ligament in his right elbow.
Parnell will rest for two weeks and then begin a throwing program. At that point, it will be determined if elbow surgery is necessary.
The likelihood now is that Jose Valverde will become the Mets' closer out of the bullpen.
The former four-time All-Star was released by the Detroit Tigers last year and is now trying to resurrect his career in Queens.