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Frank Francisco still out with right elbow injury, could be shut down for rest of season

Sep 23, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

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From Andy Martino of the New York Daily News comes word that Mets closer Frank Francisco will be “unavailable for at least several more days” and could be shut down for the remainder of the year due to ongoing concerns about his throwing elbow.

Francisco hasn’t made an appearance since last Sunday and hasn’t converted a save since Sept. 1.

An MRI has ruled out major structural damage, but the right-hander is battling lingering inflammation.

Francisco has registered a disappointing 5.53 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 47/21 K/BB ratio across 42 1/3 innings this season for New York. The 33-year-old is under contract for a salary of $6.5 million in 2013.

  1. bennyandthemets - Sep 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    At this point why not just shut him down? He’s signed for 2013.

    • mazblast - Sep 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Because they’re the Mets. They don’t do things the same way as sane, normal organizations.

      If you’re a Mets fan you already know this far better than I do.

  2. bobwheel - Sep 23, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    He’s also battling lingering mediocrity.

    • gammagammahey - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      I think he’s lost that battle. And the war.

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