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Frank Francisco’s return from oblique injury delayed by knee problems

Jul 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Frank Francisco was supposed to begin a minor-league rehab assignment today for his oblique injury, but those plans have been pushed back because the Mets closer is having knee problems.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Francisco threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday at Citi Field, but woke up yesterday with “right knee discomfort.” He got an anti-inflammatory injection and will presumably try again later this week.

Francisco has been out since June 23 and fill-in closer Bobby Parnell has blown two of his four save chances during that time, but also has a 2.53 ERA and 9/0 K/BB ratio in 11 innings.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Rough news for the Mets, who could really use him back. Frank Frank may have seemed pretty mediocre (posting an ERA around 5) but he was more reliable than just about anyone else in the bullpen, if you put any stock in Shutdowns and Meltdowns:

    Frank Frank: 12 Shutdowns, 5 Meltdowns
    Byrdak: 13 Shutdowns, 7 Meltdowns
    Parnell: 12 Shutdowns, 9 Meltdowns

    And then it starts getting really ugly:

    Rauch: 8 SD, 10 MD
    Ram Ram: 4 SD, 5 MD
    Batista: 2 SD, 4 MD
    Acosta: 2 SD, 6 MD (And he’s back!)
    Hefner: 0 SD, 3 MD

    Combined, the Mets bullpen has 55 Meltdowns (only the Rockies and Brewers have more) and 55 Shutdowns (only the Angels and Cubs have fewer). That is to say, if you turn the ball over to the bullpen, they’re getting the job done 50% of the time. That’s….not good.

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