Frank Francisco had surgery today to remove a bone spur in his elbow

Posted: December 18, 2012 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanimages

Mets closer Frank Francisco had surgery today to remove a bone spur in his right elbow the Mets have announced. Francisco can begin throwing in six weeks, and is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Francisco went 1-3 with a 5.53 ERA in 48 relief appearances in 2012. Francisco allowed 26 earned runs, 47 hits, 21 walks with 47 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings in 2012 he was shut down after September 16 after being diagnosed with right elbow soreness. Francisco, 33, is dueimages2 $6.5 million on the final year of contract in 2013.

Look this isn’t a big deal. For one he is expected to be ready by opening day and two Francisco just isn’t that good. He has varied from mediocre to terrible as a closer in his big league career. He really struggled last season and cost the Mets a lot of ball games.

Based on his track record there is no reason to think Francisco will have a great season, as the Mets closer and today’s news that he had surgery shouldn’t change that. The Mets really need to find some bullpen help as insurance for if/when Francisco falters.

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