Frank Francisco is hurt again, Parnell is the new closer

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inmanimages

According Terry Collins, Frank Francisco’s elbow is acting up again and Bobby Parnell will be the new closer. Francisco has elbow inflammation that will keep him from throwing for a while. I’m just dealing with the same stuff,” Francisco said, alluding to last year’s elbow issues. “I was playing catch. … My inflammation hasn’t gone down 100 percent. So they decided to shut it down for a little bit, until my inflammation goes down or my elbow gets better, so we can start a new program.” Francisco also said he is at zero percent right now because he can’t throw.

Terry Collins said that Bobby Parnell will be the new closer “We keep talking about 2014, [bleep] why not get a head start?” said Collins on using Parnell as the closer. Parnell was dominate as the closer in September and had his best statistical year in 2012 but he has struggled as the closer on numerous occasions. Parnell has a great arm and is definitely the Mets best reliever even if Francisco is healthy so this makes a ton of sense.  Brandon Lyon will now be the 8th inning guy but its possible Francisco is ready for Opening Day as the inflammation is not considered serious.

At this point it would be unwise to expect anything positive out of Francisco for the Mets this season. The Mets are better off for now and the future by using Parnell as their 9th inning guy despite a few growing pains.

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