Found September 16, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Needless to say, it's been a tough go for veteran right-hander Frank Francisco in 2013. With only four games under his belt due to injury, the former closer was drilled by a Logan Morrison line drive during the eighth inning in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Miami Marlins. Despite the scare, Francisco appears to have escaped serious injury suffering only a right pinkie contusion and is only expected to miss 3-4 games. The Dominican reported to the park on Sunday, significantly improved with only minor swelling after an X-ray revealed no broken bones.  "It doesn't hurt as much," Francisco said. "Last night, it was pumping. Now, it's only when I move it." No stranger to the trainer's room, 2013 has been a test of patience for the 34-year old reliever. Offseason surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow halted his progress during Spring Training, and inflammation in the same area conspired to keep him on the shelf for the majority of the season. Returning on September 7th, Francisco has allowed three earned runs on three hits in just 2 2/3 innings pitched. Attempting to position himself in line for a major league job in 2014, the potential free agent is quickly running out of time to make his presence felt this season. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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