New York Mets closer Frank Francisco is being held back from throwing because of right elbow inflammation.

Francisco was sidelined at the end of last season with the same issue, then had a bone spur surgically removed in December after feeling a pinch and seeking a second opinion.

Mets manager Terry Collins said the inflammation Francisco suffered after throwing on flat ground last week in Port St. Lucie was not unexpected.

"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."

"Well, he's not throwing," Collins said. "We'll take a look at it. I talked to him last week. He did play catch. There was some inflammation in there. The training staff, they were prepared for it, for sure. They thought it might happen. So we just want to quiet the swelling down before he plays catch."