It seems to be starting early, even for the Mets. This franchise
has struggled with erratic to lousy bullpen performances and an inability to
keep a healthy lineup. The latest news is bad for both lists. New
York Mets reliever Frank Francisco has been shut down, just days after Mets
Manager Terry Collins had re-anointed the 33-year old righty as closer.
Francisco is not expected to throw for a while, prompting Collins to name Bobby Parnell to the position.
One day after pitchers and catchers reported to camp Francisco
told reporters that he is still dealing with inflammation in his right
Castillo of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Francisco, asked Tuesday to
put an estimate on how his elbow is feeling, responded, "I'm at
Francisco, signed as a free agent by the Mets last winter after seven years
in the American League, had a career worst season. His WHIP ballooned to
1.606. He missed much of the final month of the 2012 season due to elbow
trouble and had surgery in December to remove a bone spur in his right elbow.
Collins' choice of Parnell to succeed Francisco comes over newly acquired
Brandon Lyon, who has closer experience with the Diamondbacks and Astros.
Injuries have made this team nearly unrecognizable at times in recent
seasons. These injuries cannot become a trend for this team yet again,
or the stands in Citifield will echo with emptiness.
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