|Mets might not see him on the mound this season|
Frank Francisco underwent what seemed like a benign surgery on Dec. 18 to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. He received a pair of cortisone shots in mid-July after complaining of more discomfort. Francisco has not returned to a mound since those injections. He currently is long-tossing at distances up to 120 feet.
Frank Francisco is getting paid $6.5 million this season in the last year of his contract.
Jeurys Familia, actually, has moved ahead of Francisco in terms of progress. Familia is long-tossing at 150 feet and imminently should be advancing to throwing off a mound for the first time since undergoing June 5 surgery to clean out his right elbow.