ATLANTA -- Bobby Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, costing him the remainder of the season.
Parnell made the decision to undergo the procedure right away without seeking a second opinion because he did not want the uncertainty of wondering when the medial collateral ligament ultimately would give out. He also wanted to minimize the risk of the injury affecting his 2015 availability.
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"Bobby and I talked enough," Collins said. "He was real concerned about always waking up every day knowing he had a tear in there and how long would it last. So he made the right decision. ... He wanted to be ready for next year, along with Harv and all the other things people are looking at down the road pitching-wise. It's pretty exciting to think that all those guys are going to be all back 100 percent at the same time."
So how does Collins keep the focus on this season?
"It's about today," Collins said. "The game will always will be about today. You can't worry about what happened yesterday. We've set some big goals down here this year, and so we've got to stay motivated and stay upbeat.
"David [Wright] was sick the other day. We weren't sure we were going to have him today. He didn't feel very good a couple of days ago. I heard the coaches say, 'Well, gosh, if he can't play ... ' Hey, look, you've got to move on. Somebody else has got to step up and get the job done.
"Yeah, we're going to miss Bobby. We're going to miss Harv. We're going to miss Hef, and anybody else that you count on. Chris Young, with the spring he had, we miss him so far. But, you know, this is the big leagues. People don't feel sorry for you. So you either rally around it or it's a long summer. So we're going to rally around the fact that we think we're good enough and have some fun this summer."
Jose Valverde is now the full-time closer. And Collins does not expect outside help.
"Right now?" Collins asked. "No."