Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/3/12

The New York Mets planned to activate closer Frank Francisco from the 15-day disabled list before Friday's series opener against the San Diego Padres, ESPN New York reported.

Francisco went on the DL with a left oblique strain June 22 against the New York Yankees. Before the game, he created a stir by calling the Yankees "chickens."

He said he is still bothered by tightness with his right lat after making five rehab appearances with Class AA Binghamton.

Mets manager Terry Collins said he may not use Francisco more than consecutive days in save situations.

Reliever Bobby Parnell went four for six in save chances in Francisco's absence.

Collins said an unspecified reliever may go on the DL to clear a spot for Francisco on the 25-man roster.

Also, left-hander Johan Santana, on the DL with a right ankle sprain, is expected to make a minor league rehab appearance Sunday or Monday and could return next Friday against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

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