Injured New York Mets closer Frank Francisco suffered a setback as he experienced discomfort in his right elbow and missed his bullpen session Saturday, manager Terry Collins said.
Collins said Francisco, who is on the disabled list, will be seen by a doctor this week.
"They thought he was making progress, ready to go to Binghamton, and he didn't feel very good so we thought he should see the doctor again. That's what we're going to do," Collins said Sunday before the Mets faced the Pirates. "Now, what the leads to, I have no idea, but we did not have any date etched in stone that we knew he was coming. It's one of those things when you have a guy on the disabled list, you wait until he tells you he's ready to pitch."
Francisco, who has elbow inflammation, seemed close to a return before experiencing the discomfort, as he was headed to Double-A Binghamton to pitch this weekend. Francisco's 30-day rehab window is set to expire Thursday, and he already had pitched five scoreless innings for the Class A St. Lucie Mets. Francisco last pitched May 8 and had even pitched on back-to-back days.
"He said he still has some symptoms of tendinitis. I just told him he has to slow down. He'll go down to Florida with the rehab guys and take a few more days and let it rest and get all the treatments, do all the strengthening exercises and then start throwing," Collins said. "He's throwing very well. We can backdate it. I'm hoping in those 11 days he'll be ready to come back."
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