Mets Matters: Francisco’s Injury Means Only Five Relievers In The Pen

An article by posted on June 24, 2012

Mets closer Frank Francisco out with  tight oblique.

One of the things I’d like to try on a regular, if not daily basis, is a Mets’ oriented notebook. There’s so much going on that I don’t want any of it to get by the boards.

  • After the game, Terry Collins revealed Frank Francisco had suffered an injury and was unavailable, leaving Collins with five relievers in the bullpen. Frank Francisco has a tight left oblique, and Mets fans know what a puzzling and aggravating injury that can be. A player thinks he’s better, then makes a move and is on the DL. Francisco will likely be held out of tonight’s game. Francisco was injured Friday night and it kind of makes me wonder if he hurt himself trying to muscle up on his pitches. Francisco did get into some trouble  in the end and I’m betting he did it by trying to overthrow.
  • When the Mets decided to play a man down in the bullpen by replacing Elvin Ramirez with Ronny Cedeno on the 25-man roster on Friday, did they consider what a bad idea that might be against a Yankees lineup stacked with so many tough outs? I
  • Tonight’s lineup hasn’t been posted yet, but I hope Daniel Murphy is in it. He’s struggled, especially against lefties, but I have a feeling about him.
  • Ike Davis suffered from food poisoning the other day. Maybe that damn chicken gave him something. He should be available tonight against lefty CC Sabathia.

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I am an active member of the BBWAA and have covered Major League Baseball in several capacities for over 25 years, including 15 in New York working the Mets' and Yankees' beat. I covered the Baltimore Orioles for eight years and the Cleveland Indians before that. Today I am a freelance writer and social director for several media outlets and a Senior Editor for MetsmerizedOnline.com.

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