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Mets closer Frank Francisco is available to pitch tonight

May 1, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Francisco must be feeling better now, because he’s available out of the bullpen tonight.

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For now the Mets are sticking with Frank Francisco as closer despite his 7.71 ERA, but the right-hander was unavailable last night due to hamstring tightness that manager Terry Collins believes could be related to the high altitude in Colorado.

Collins speculated to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that Francisco was dehydrated due to the altitude and that led to his hamstring acting up a day after the Mets’ series in Colorado ended.

Now they’re in Houston, but Collins indicated that Francisco may be unavailable again tonight. Last night with the bullpen short-handed Manny Acosta was asked to pitch a second inning of relief and coughed up the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Just mentioning but…..I’ve always thought that when you here a team say a player has ” a stomach bug” or “dehydration” or the classic ” flu like symptoms” that the guy got drunk last night and is way hung over.

    • kranepool - May 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      back in the day Babe Ruth’s “bellyaches” were code for the Bambino’s having gonorrhea

      • phukyouk - May 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        did you mean diarrhea?

  2. AlohaMrHand - May 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Was he partying with Kathy Bueno last night?

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