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Frank Francisco on elbow injury: “I’m at zero” percent

Feb 12, 2013, 1:50 PM EST

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General manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins had slightly different public stances on Frank Francisco‘s job security as the Mets’ closer recently, but now all of that might not even matter.

Francisco told reporters today that his inflamed elbow is still an issue, causing him to be shut down, and when asked to put a percentage on how he’s feeling the right-hander replied: “I’m at zero.”

If he has to begin the season on the disabled list that would open the door for Bobby Parnell or recent signing Brandon Lyon to take over ninth-inning duties. And then once Francisco gets healthy again … who knows. Presumably the old “can’t lose your job while injured” thing doesn’t apply to someone whose job was in jeopardy to begin with.

  1. largebill - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    So, does that mean he doesn’t go on the “Best Shape Of My Life” list?

  2. ezthinking - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Looks like Valverde will get a job this year.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Bring on the steak!

  3. thebadguyswon - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    This is actually good news.

  4. sdelmonte - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    And now we know why the Mets are collecting relievers. Sandy might have seen this coming.

  5. bolweevils2 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    If his elbow is still bothering him 6 months later, that sounds like Tommy John surgery in his future to me. But what do I know? To paraphrase Dr. McCoy, “I’m a baseball fan, not a doctor Jim!”

  6. kappy32 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Please not Parnell. Parnell was given the chance each of the past 2 seasons & failed miserably both times. If FF can’t go, Lyon should be given the job.

    • thebadguyswon - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      I would agree. Or – at least shared closer duties. Might as well audition for 2014 anyway.

    • tsi431 - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Parnell was great last year in that roll.

      Parnell’s 9th inning stats (1.90 era, 22K, .193 opponent batting avg, 4.4 k/bb ratio, in 23 innings)

      .

  7. arrooo - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I’m waiting for the Mets to sign Jesse Orosco.

  8. DonRSD - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    NO TO PARNELL!!!
    The guy only throws a straight line 98mph fastball. He always gets tee’d off on.
    Bring in someone who doesn’t throw as hard, but actually has some movement in their pitches.

    • tsi431 - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      His stats seem to contradict this.

      2012 stats

      2.49 Era, 4HR in 68.2 innings pitched, 61k / 20BB, .249 oba

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