Showing posts with label Frank Francisco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Frank Francisco. Show all posts

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Mets News: Closer Frank Francisco joining the Mets in Cleveland

Mets News:

According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, Frank Francisco is due to rejoin the Mets this weekend in Cleveland. He most recently had been rehabbing with Double-A Binghamton, which was eliminated from the Eastern League playoffs on Friday.

Francisco underwent seemingly harmless surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last Dec. 18, yet continued to complain of discomfort throughout this season and has yet to appear at the major league level in 2013.

Francisco is making $6.5 million this season, so he still is owed $817,000.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Flores DL?, Francisco Throws, Familia going to Throw, Parnell Progressing, Mejia don't have limit, A Scout's Take on Juan Lagares

Mets News and Notes:

Flores DL?:

Wilmer Flores' sprained right ankle felt worse Tuesday, creating the possibility of a DL trip, Terry Collins said.

Flores twisted the ankle running the bases in the second inning Monday night and limped badly after the game. He remained in the series opener and completed the game after getting the ankle taped.

Collins said a DL determination likely would not be made for a couple of days.

Sandy Alderson said Flores has not undergone X-rays or an MRI.

"It's pretty stiff," Collins said. "In this world we live in, there's always the possibility of the DL. We certainly won't know anything for a day or so. I think the fact that he was taped up might have kept it a little bit intact. But after the game he was very, very uncomfortable. And today he was even worse than last night."

Francisco Throws and Familia going to Throw:

Frank Francisco, who has yet to appear this season, threw off a mound in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Tuesday for the first time since receiving anti-inflammatory injections in his right elbow in mid-July.

Francisco threw only fastballs. He tossed 20 pitches.

Francisco underwent what seemed like a benign surgery on Dec. 18 to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Meanwhile, Jeurys Familia is due to throw off a mound Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on June 5 to clean out his right elbow.

Parnell Progress:

Closer Bobby Parnell was deemed to be making "good progress" in rebounding from a herniated disk in his neck. Parnell had received an epidural injection on Aug. 5.

Parnell recently was reevaluated by team doctors. He remains idle, though.

LaTroy Hawkins primarily has handled the closing duties in Parnell's absence.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco and Jeurys Familia injury updates

Mets might not see him on the mound this season

Mets News:

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.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/12: Frank Francisco Pitches for GCL Mets

The Missing Link

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/12:

TUCSON 5, LAS VEGAS 4 (8 innings): In Game 1, D.J. Mitchell surrendered three runs in 3 1/3 innings and took the loss. John Church, in his second Triple-A appearance, allowed two runs inherited from Mitchell to score. Jack Leathersich walked four in 1 1/3 innings and was charged with three unearned runs after he departed with the bases loaded in the seventh. In Game 2, the 51s forced extra innings on Francisco Pena's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. But Robert Carson suffered the loss the following inning when Ben Francisco had a leadoff single, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Juan Centeno and subsequently scored on a groundout during which Las Vegas (48-46) did not turn a double play. Box 1, Box 2

AA - PORTLAND 8, BINGHAMTON 5 (15 innings): Chasen Bradford was charged with the loss after allowing three unearned runs in the 15th, in his third inning of relief. With two out and two on in a 5-all tie, Garin Cecchini reached base on a throwing error by third baseman Josh Rodriguez as the go-ahead run scored. The inning prolonged, Bradford's wild pitch allowed a second run to score. Utility player Joe Bonfe made his pro pitching debut at that point and allowed an RBI single before producing an inning-ending strikeout. Binghamton had forced extra innings by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth, on an RBI single by Cesar Puello and Allan Dykstra's sacrifice fly. Alonzo Harris, activated from the DL before the game,went 2-for-6 with a walk in his first game since suffering a concussion on June 21. Right-hander Cory Mazzoni landed on the DL with a right hamstring strain. Bonfe became the first position player since Jose Coronado on June 30, 2011 to pitch for the B-Mets. Box

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mets Injury Report 7/11: Turner, Duda, Francisco, d'Arnaud, Byrdak, Feliciano, Atchison

Mets Injury Report:

Justin Turner (intercostal muscle strain) has started hitting off a tee and soft-tossing.

Lucas Duda (intercostal muscle strain) has started outdoors activities, but is not yet swinging a bat.

Frank Francisco (elbow) continues to have a nebulous issue in which doctors cannot detect any structural damage. "You're guess is as good as mine," Collins said about when Francisco might return to the Mets.

Travis d'Arnaud (broken foot) is not yet running full throttle. D'Arnaud has experienced some "discomfort" since beginning running on regular ground, but the Mets believe that is normal and not an indication of a setback.

Tim Byrdak, who is returning from shoulder surgery, has yet to throw back-to-back days with Class A St. Lucie. Collins said Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano both have the same issue: They do not sustain their velocity over multiple starts, which they will need to demonstrate before being a consideration for the major league club.

Scott Atchison will be activated from the disabled list and join the Mets when the team resumes play after the All-Star break next Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

Atchison landed on the DL with a groin injury, which he suffered while throwing warm-up pitches in Atlanta on June 18. He had missed the previous month with an elbow bone-spur issue that was causing tingling and numbness in his fingers.

Atchison has made two rehab appearances in the past week with the Gulf Coast League Mets.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Mets News: Familia and Mejia have setbacks in their rehab, Francisco and Atchison status in limbo

Mets News:

A quartet of Mets pitchers on the disabled list have experienced setbacks that are preventing them from pitching on the mound, Terry Collins said. The newest developments involve right-handers Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia, both of whom have needed to be backed off minor league rehab appearances.

Familia, who had made a pair of relief appearances with Class A St. Lucie, experienced a renewed issue with the biceps tendinitis that landed him on the disabled list May 12. Collins said of all the issues, he is most optimistic Familia can get back on a mound this weekend, and eventually move to Triple-A Las Vegas.

"After the other day, he came in and told them his forearm is pretty sore," Collins said. "So they have slowed him down. ... The next day he came in and felt a lot better. It could have been the old 'overdo it.' You feel good enough that you're going to really let it fly. And then, all of a sudden, you overdo it and then you're pretty sore the next day."

Mejia has spent the entire season on the DL because of a forearm issue. He had made a pair of rehab starts with the Florida State League club, logging five innings in the most recent outing, on March 23. But a flareup of the issue is now keeping him off the mound.

Meanwhile, former closer Frank Francisco continues to deal with elbow inflammation and is not throwing off a mound, Collins said. He is throwing on flat ground.

Scott Atchison has renewed finger numbness and is seeking a second opinion as to whether a bone spur in his right elbow needs to be surgically removed now.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mets News: Mets make it official, Tejada DL, Quintanilla up to play short

Mets News:

Ruben Tejada officially has landed on the disabled list with a right quadriceps strain. Omar Quintanilla has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas and will be active for Thursday's Subway Series finale in the Bronx.

Tejada suffered the injury pursuing a foul ball during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Yankee Stadium. He departed with one out remaining.

He spent seven weeks on the DL last season with a strained right quadriceps.

Tejada is hitting .209 with 10 RBIs in 187 at-bats this season and has shown fielding lapses.

Quintanilla is hitting .413 with one homer, 10 RBIs and 10 walks this month with Las Vegas.

The lefty-hitting Quintanilla primarily has played in a platoon at shortstop in Triple-A. Collins similarly could employ a platoon with righty-hitting Justin Turner with the Mets.

The Mets shifted Frank Francisco to the 60-day DL to open a 40-man roster spot for Quintanilla.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mets News: Familia to start rehab stint, Francisco's status unclear

Mets News:

Reliever Jeurys Familia, who landed on the disabled list May 12 with biceps tendinitis, is due to begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Class A St. Lucie, Terry Collins said.

Collins said Familia is expected to also pitch with Triple-A Las Vegas before begin activated from the disabled list.

Frank Francisco, on the other hand, continues his exceedingly long rehab from December surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Collins described Francisco as status quo -- meaning no one in the organization can venture a guess as to when the ex-closer will declare himself healthy enough to resume pitching.

Francisco last pitched in a Florida State League game on May 8. He was examined five days later by team doctors, who found a mild strain of the flexor pronator. He was advised not to throw for 72 hours, then attempt to resume throwing.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco has mild strain in right elbow, day to day

Mets News:

Assistant GM John Ricco said doctors found a mild strain of the flexor pronator in Frank Francisco's right elbow but nothing major during an examination in New York.

Francisco, who complained of elbow discomfort, will return to Port St. Lucie, Fla., and rest for 72 hours before attempting to resume throwing.

Francisco had been nearing a return from the DL when he was unable to throw a bullpen session Saturday.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco still having discomfort, will see doctor this week

Mets News:

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."

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mets News: Francisco will pitch for Binghamton this weekend, getting closer to join Mets

Mets News:

Frank Francisco will continue his rehab assignment this weekend with Double-A Binghamton, pitching coach Dan Warthen said.

The Mets had mulled immediately bringing Francisco to the majors and placing Jeurys Familia (biceps tendinitis) on the disabled list. Terry Collins said Familia is unavailable Saturday and remains day-to-day.

Francisco's maximum 30-day rehab assignment expires Thursday, so Francisco should be activated in a matter of days.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Mets News: Francisco pitches another scoreless inning for St. Lucie

Mets News:

Frank Francisco pitched another inning of relief for the Class A  St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday afternoon, and did not give up a hit. He did walk two batters, but also struck out a pair.

Francisco has now pitched five innings for St. Lucie and has yet to allow a run. He has given up one hit and stuck out six batters.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Bobby Parnell will remain the closer when Francisco returns, at least initially. But Francisco's return to the big leagues, after missing the start of the season with elbow inflammation, is definitely getting closer.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco almost ready, Parnell to remain closer

Mets News:

Frank Francisco has pitched on consecutive days with Class A St. Lucie, signaling he is moving closer to being activated from the disabled list. Sandy Alderson said Francisco should have at least another appearance in the minors as part of a rehab assignment, although Terry Collins was unsure if that would be at St. Lucie or a higher level such as Double-A Binghamton.

What happens when Francisco returns from the bout of elbow inflammation?

No surprise: At least initially Bobby Parnell will remain the closer.

"Frankie has got to show us that he can pitch back-to-back days up here -- that he's strong enough," Collins said. "We're talking three days in a row. Can he do that? The one thing I don't think we're ready to do is start to juggle our bullpen at this particular moment when Bobby has done such a good job. We'll wait until Frankie gets here to make those determinations."

As for Francisco's Sunday and Monday appearances in the Florida State League, Collins said: "The reports are his velocity has been good, his command has been pretty good."

Francisco's maximum 30-day rehab assignment began on April 17 with St. Lucie, so he almost definitely is within 10 days of returning.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/6: Francisco pitches for St.Lucie

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/6:

Class  AAA - LAS VEGAS 0, SACRAMENTO 0 (suspended): The game was suspended because of rain after Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Collin Cowgill consecutively walked to open the first inning. Box

Class AA - TRENTON 5, BINGHAMTON 0: Cory Mazzoni surrendered four first-inning runs in his return from the disabled list. He ultimately was charged with five runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk in a 57-pitch effort over three-plus innings. Mazzoni had missed 24 games due to right elbow neuritis. With father Tim Teufel watching from the stands, left-hander Shawn Teufel tossed three scoreless relief innings. Adam Kolarek added two scoreless frames. Yankees farmhands Matt Tracy, Aaron Dott and Branden Pinter combined on a two-hit shutout. The B-Mets did not muster a hit until Darrell Ceciliani's one-out single to center in the sixth off the end of his bat. The other hit belonged to Cesar Puello in the seventh, after originally being scored an error. The hit extended Puello's hitting streak to 13 games. The five-run first against Mazzoni began with two hits and Tyler Austin's sac fly. With a runner on third, J.R. Murphy sent a chopper back to the mound. Mazzoni fielded cleanly and threw to third, but Josh Rodriguez muffed the throw, allowing Jose Pirela to dive back safely. The misplay led to three unearned runs on Mazzoni’s tab when Slade Heathcott chipped in with an RBI groundout and Reegie Corona laced a two-run single. Box

Class A - ST. LUCIE 6, DAYTONA 2: Hansel Robles, who had been dealing with an upper-back issue, allowed one run on two hits while striking out five in five innings in his first start since April 21. Rehabbing Frank Francisco allowed one hit in a scoreless frame. Francisco was pitching for the Florida State League club for the second straight day. Second baseman T.J. Rivera went 5-for-5 with two doubles and scored a run. Aderlin Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Rylan Sandoval's fourth-inning double plated Travis Taijeron to open the scoring. Sandoval eventually scored on a groundout. Rodriguez's three-run double highlighted a four-run fifth as St. Lucie built a 6-1 lead. Box

Class A - HICKORY 4, SAVANNAH 3 (8 innings)
HICKORY 5, SAVANNAH 3: In Game 1, the Gnats rallied with a two-run seventh to tie the score at 3 against Crawdads reliever Cody Kendall and force extra innings. The tying run came via an error by Hickory shortstop Luis Marte. In extra innings, however, the Crawdads took advantage of an error by Gnats shortstop Phillip Evans to win the game. With two outs in the 8th, Joey Gallo blooped a double into shallow center to put the winning run in scoring position. Ryan Rua followed with a hard-hit ball up the middle. Evans reached the grounder but drop it trying to take it from his glove. The error allowed Rua to reach and Gallo to score all the way from second. Savannah reliever Jake Kuebler (0-2) took the loss. In Game 2, Savannah took a 2-1 lead in the second on Cole Frenzel's two-run homer, but the 'Dads plated three runs in the bottom half against Luis Cessa. Box 1, Box 2

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco feels OK - Not great, Feliciano has food poisoning

Mets News:

Frank Francisco threw 25 pitches Saturday in Florida and felt "OK" but "not great," manager Terry Collins said.

The reliever, who is on the disabled list after experiencing elbow inflammation, is not imminently returning to the Mets.

Collins said doctors have reexamined Francisco and found no structural damage. Francisco had a bone spur removed from his right elbow in December, which typically is a benign procedure from which pitchers quickly return.

Francisco -- who is earning $6.5 million this season -- has yet to work back-to-back days, which is a prerequisite for being activated from the DL, according to the manager.

"He's the only one who can tell us how he feels," Collins said.

Other Notes:

It turns out that Pedro Feliciano's absence from Class A St. Lucie games was more than skipping a Florida State League road trip. Feliciano had a serious case of food poisoning, multiple people aware of the issue told

Because doctors detected a heart issue with Feliciano during spring training, they were particularly concerned and hospitalized the lefty reliever.

The Mets hope to get Feliciano back on a mound this week.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco is set to begin rehab assignment, Marcum ready next week?

Mets News and Notes:

Frank Francisco is set to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A St. Lucie, a club source told

Francisco underwent surgery in December to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. He experienced inflammation upon arriving at spring training.

An official rehab assignment starts a maximum 30-day clock after which the pitcher is due to be activated.

Meanwhile, Shaun Marcum now is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday. He then will throw a three- or four-inning game on a back field in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday.

That signals Marcum will not be ready to be activated from the DL until the middle of next week at the earliest.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco Not Close to Returning to Mets

Mets News:

Frank Francisco, who is collecting $6.5 million this season, does not appear close to joining to the

Francisco opened the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery in December to remove a bone spur, then experiencing inflammation in his right elbow during spring training.

He has pitched in simulated games in Port St. Lucie and registered as high as 92 mph. But pitching coach Dan Warthen said Francisco, once he gets into formal games, still must twice establish that he can pitch on consecutive days.

Bobby Parnell, who has yet to have a save opportunity, very likely will keep the closer's job even after Francisco ultimately returns.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Collins on Murphy, Wright, Santana, Mex on C's, Wheeler, Francisco Updates

Terry Collins said the Mets are eyeing the middle of next week to get David Wright at-bats, but caution will be the priority as the captain returns from a strained intercostal muscle on his left side.

“Each and every step is a positive with David," Collins said after Wright hit off a tee and hit flips Saturday. "We’re looking at the middle of next week for possible at-bats as we head into next weekend. Once again, I’m going to be very cautious. This guy is a huge piece. The last thing we need to do is to try to tell him he needs to rush or he needs to hurry. But we’ll see where he is in the middle of next week.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Murphy may enter a minor league game Sunday. Murphy last played in a minor league game eight days ago, logging five innings at second base, but his injured right side subsequently became tight.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Collins said about whether Murphy could be ready for Opening Day. “A minor league game -- is he going to play four innings? Two innings? Three innings? How many at-bats is he going to get? … The last time he played in a minor league game he rushed it and he took a huge step backward. I will be the first guy in the morning to make sure he does not overdo it tomorrow.”

On Johan Santana, Collins said: "I've kind of had that feeling for a while that he's going to be very cautious getting himself back, making sure his shoulder is at the same strength it was last year when he left here. This guy started throwing last December [in 2011]. You're looking at December, January, February, March last year before he left here. And his arm was in great shape. We're starting in basically February this year. I don't necessarily think it's going to take four months, but it may take six weeks to get him where he wants to be."

Keith Hernandez, the first captain in Mets history, said he regrets wearing the "C" on his jersey to denote the role.

"I kind of liked it from the beginning," Hernandez told Newsday. "It's kind of an ego thing. But the more and more I wore it, the more it got a little bit ... it was too big."

"I wish I hadn't," Hernandez continued. "It was like a hockey 'C' instead of the smaller 'C'. But that's what they did. But [Derek] Jeter doesn't wear a 'C'. It's not necessary. Everybody knows."

Zack Wheeler pitched in a minor league intrasquad game Saturday, and the various MLB scouts who flocked to the event could not stop raving.

Wheeler was pumping fastballs with a smooth delivery at 96-98 mph, and also was flashing a curveball, slider and an occasional changeup.

"He's got four pitches," one scout observed.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Francisco, Laffey

Mets News and Notes:

A day after his first game activity of spring training, Daniel Murphy did not feel up to playing in another minor league game. Murphy, who has been sidelined with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, was "pretty stiff," according to Terry Collins.

Murphy had played five innings in a minor league game Friday -- playing second base and running the bases, but not hitting.

"It wasn't a setback -- just a little fatigue," Sandy Alderson said. "So we sat him out today."

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee while sliding two weeks ago, is nearing entering a minor league game.

Nieuwenhuis participated in the team's warm-up routine Saturday and also hit, tossed a baseball and went through outfield drills.

The lone remaining hurdle before entering a game is to run the bases.

Nieuwenhuis now is more likely to be ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas to open the season.

Frank Francisco threw his third bullpen session of the week Saturday morning as he works back from elbow inflammation. Francisco said he would expect to throw two more bullpen sessions before advancing to batting practice.

He remains likely to open the season on the disabled list.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler Among Cuts, Santana DL?, Francisco, Valdespin, Wright

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Mets News and Notes:

Wheeler headlined a wave of cuts Sunday at Mets camp. Also dispatched to the minor league side: left-hander Darin Gorski, right-handers Gonzalez Germen, Collin McHugh, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles, infielders Reese Havens and Wilfredo Tovar, and outfielders Juan Lagares and Cesar Puello. The Mets now have 45 players in major league camp.

Zack Wheeler came through a session throwing live batting practice without issue as he ramps up following a right oblique strain.

Wheeler threw 27 pitches, including a pair of pitch outs. The batters included ex-Cub Corey Patterson.

"It felt good, but my timing was off a little bit and stuff like that, so a lot of my pitches weren't crisp," Wheeler said at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie. "... I've only thrown two innings in a game to live batters. It's kind of different once they get up there. It's something that will come around."

Johan Santana might open the season on the disabled list and Jonathon Niese will get the Opening Day start against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

So the question becomes: Will Santana be ready to be activated April 7, the first time the Mets need to go to a fifth starter? Or will Jeremy Hefner plug the rotation hole for at least a few turns?

The Mets will presented Bill Parcells with an autographed Mets jersey pregame in recognition of Parcells being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For the first time since reporting to spring training, Frank Francisco threw off a mound.

Terry Collins said the Sunday session in Port St. Lucie, Fla., appeared to go without incident.

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