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Terry Collins doesn’t expect Frank Francisco to be ready for the season

Mar 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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Frank Francisco arrived at camp with some inflammation following December surgery to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow, but he managed to resume throwing earlier this week. Relievers generally don’t need much time to get tuned up for the season, but Mets manager Terry Collins isn’t counting on him.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Collins said on WFAN yesterday that he’s moving forward as if Bobby Parnell will be the closer.

“I don’t think Frankie’s going to be ready for Opening Day, so it’ll be Bobby [Parnell],” Terry Collins told WFAN about the closer’s role. “And you know what? He can take that job and run with it.”

Francisco was awful in the closer role last season, posting a 5.53 ERA over 48 appearances, so it’s possible Collins would opt for Parnell even if he was 100 percent. The 33-year-old right-hander is owed $6.5 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract.

As for Parnell, he’s plenty worthy of the opportunity, even though he has struggled in previous opportunities as closer. The 28-year-old right-hander had an excellent 2.49 ERA and 61/20 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings last season and has become a more effective pitcher since he implemented a knuckle-curve to complement his electric fastball.

  1. michaelmcqueen2013 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Who is Terry Collins trying to fool. He is trying to push Frank Francisco out of
    the closers job. Frank Francisco deserves a chance to keep his job. Terry Collins
    seems to dislike him for some reason. He has not been as bad as many other
    pitchers on the staff last season. Parnell does have a great fastball. But he has not
    done very well in the closers role in the past. Why is he being handed the job so easily
    while Francisco is working his way back from injury. Francisco never really had the support
    of Terry Collins from the beginning. He deserves another chance when he is healthy to show
    what he can do.

    • jwbiii - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      So Terry Collins dislikes closers with ERAs over 5.50 and WHIPs over 1.6. Are you saying that you do?

      • michaelmcqueen2013 - Mar 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        I am just saying that almost everyone was bad out of the bullpen last year.
        It could be that the elbow was a cause for some of his ineffectiveness.
        He has had success in the past. Parnell has never been a good closer.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    I love that picture. My man Frankie looks sooooooo fucking high. Look at the bags under the eyes – the slits formed by the squint. Just looking at that picture makes me crave cool-ranch Doritos.

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