Frank Francisco RUMORS & NEWS

  • Frank Francisco gets shot in elbow

    ESPN New York "Frank Francisco who has not appeared in the majors this season after undergoing December surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow received a pair of cortisone shots last week a team insider told Francisco should be cleared to resume throwing later this week. " July 29

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    Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

    Doctors found no structural damage with Frank Francisco. Will rest a couple of days and resume throwing. #mets

  • Frank Francisco has setback

    New York Post "Frank Francisco is hurting again. The Mets reliever, on a rehab assignment for Class A St. Lucie, is scheduled to be examined by doctors this week after his elbow “didn’t feel very good” following a recent outing, according to manager Terry Collins. Francisco, who underwent surgery in..." May 13

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    Marc Carig @MarcCarig

    Francisco felt discomfort yesterday. Another setback it appears. Going to the doctor this week.

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    Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

    Frank Francisco apparently threw 15 pitches today in an intrasquad game. No further details available.

  • Reliever Frank Francisco not close

    North Jersey "Their bullpen could use a boost, a fresh arm that might allow them to cut down on all those earned runs. But Frank Francisco, the reliever who saved 23 games last season, is not going to be that fresh arm anytime soon. Francisco threw 25 pitches Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "He felt OK,"..." April 29

  • Frank Francisco throwing his fastball and curve at about 80 percent

    New York Daily News "Closer Frank Francisco said he is pitching with a “sting” in his elbow and a bout of inflammation as he works his way back from offseason surgery. Francisco threw his third bullpen session Saturday, pushing himself to 31 pitches and throwing his fastball and curve at “about 80%”..." March 17

  • Mets closer Francisco getting better

    New York Post "Frank Francisco is finally throwing a baseball. After reporting to camp with elbow swelling, the combustible closer played catch yesterday, leaving Mets manager Terry Collins optimistic the right-hander will be part of the Opening Day roster. “It’s a step forward, for sure,” Collins said..." February 26

  • NY Mets closer Frank Francisco to resume throwing on Monday

    New York Daily News "Mets closer Frank Francisco will resume throwing on Monday. Francisco, who was shut down last week with inflammation in his surgically-repaired right elbow, will throw on flat ground, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Thursday. Francisco had surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow in..." February 22

  • Mets manager Terry Collins doesn't seem confident that closer Frank Francisco would be ready for start of season

    New York Daily News "Frank Francisco said Tuesday his elbow was feeling better, and there are five weeks for him to get into game shape, but Mets manager Terry Collins did not seem confident that the closer would be ready for the start of the season. “Last year Frankie probably pitched in maybe four spring training..." February 20

  • Parnell in as Mets closer while Francisco sits

    New York Post "For openers, the Mets will prepare a potential new closer. When the team’s pitchers and catchers take the field today for their first official workout of spring training, Bobby Parnell should have the mindset he’s the Mets closer, manager Terry Collins said yesterday, as Frank Francisco nurses..." February 13

  • Frank Francisco won't throw: “I'm at zero” percent

    ESPN "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..." February 12

  • Francisco, Collins say vet still Mets closer

    New York Post "Frank Francisco made his closing argument yesterday. This is an open and shut case. “I am the closer,’’ Francisco told The Post at the Mets spring-training complex. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Remember, Frank Francisco is no chicken. Last June he stirred the pot just before the Subway..." February 07

  • Alderson: Frank Francisco the closer for now

    New York Post "Sandy Alderson isn't making any promises about making any significant additions before Opening Day, but he also didn't give a ringing endorsement of Frank Francisco as the Mets' closer this season. When asked yesterday if he was confident in Francisco going forward finishing games, the Mets..." January 11

  • Francisco has surgery

    New York Post "Frank Francisco underwent surgery yesterday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Maybe that spur was the reason the closer pitched so poorly for the Mets last season. The surgery was performed by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The Mets say..." December 19

  • Frank Francisco had surgery to remove bone spur from elbow "The Mets announced RHP Frank Francisco had surgery today to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Francisco can begin throwing in six weeks, and is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Francisco went 1-3 with a 5.53 ERA in 48 relief appearances in 2012, having allowed 26 earned runs, 47..." December 18

  • Frank Francisco Likely Done For The 2012 Season

    Amazin' Avenue "According to Terry Collins, we may have seen the last of Mets closer Frank Francisco for the 2012 season. Francisco has been out of action recently while suffering from elbow tendinitis, and he's been limited to only 42.1 innings this season due to several different injuries. Collins had the..." September 26

  • Francisco a failure in Amazin'ly bad season

    New York Post "Frank Francisco isn't running from the truism that his first season with the Mets has been brutal. "My season?" Francisco said, responding to a question about his overall performance. "Bad — not good." The combustible closer wasn't needed last night in a 6-4 loss to the Nationals, but has..." August 18

  • Frank Francisco returns to Mets as he comes off of disabled list

    Newark Star-Ledger "Frank Francisco has recovered from the left oblique strain that cost him all of July, and upset the flow of the Mets' bullpen during their worst month of the season. But he is not fully healthy. Not yet. He returned before tonight's game with the Padres. His oblique felt fine, he explained,..." August 04

  • Francisco back from DL — and on Mets' hot seat

    New York Post "Frank Francisco returned to the Mets yesterday, but wasn't making any promises regarding his health. The colorful closer, who was activated from the disabled list before the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park, said the left oblique soreness that originally sidelined him on June 24 has..." August 04

  • Collins aches to get ailing Francisco back

    New York Post "Frank Francisco is scheduled to pitch for Double-A Binghamton today in New Britain, Conn., after getting a shot to relieve discomfort in his right knee. His return to Citi Field can't come soon enough for Mets manager Terry Collins. "We need him back very badly," Collins said before last..." July 25

  • Frank Francisco's planned rehabilitation assignment delayed after setback

    New York Daily News "Closer Frank Francisco, on the 15-day disabled list with a rib cage injury, suffered a setback and will not begin a planned rehabilitation assignment this week. "He just didn't feel right, so they said, 'Look, you're not ready to pitch then,'?" Terry Collins said. "He's so big and strong that..." July 14

  • Mets closer Frank Francisco placed on disabled list with left oblique strain

    Newark Star-Ledger "An MRI had just revealed a strained left oblique, but still Mets closer Frank Francisco maintained his screwball sense of humor. He cracked jokes about "planning to make some chicken noodle soup" with the mascot chicken purchased by teammate Tim Byrdak on Friday. He spent several minutes..." June 25

  • Francisco a little on 'sore' side

    New York Post "The left side of Frank Francisco's body has been hen-pecked. The Mets closer, who made news by calling the Yankees "chickens" leading into this weekend's Subway Series, was unavailable last night because of a sore left side. The injury is alarming, and manager Terry Collins surprisingly was..." June 24

  • Mets closer Francisco eggs on Subway rival by calling Yankees 'chickens'

    New York Post "At least somebody isn't afraid to talk trash about a cross-town rival. "I can't wait to face those chickens," Mets closer Frank Francisco told The Post when asked about playing the Yankees in this weekend's Subway Series at Citi Field. "I want to strike out the side against them. I've done it..." June 22

  • Frank Francisco shaky in ninth inning, but NY Mets complete sweep of Baltimore Orioles

    New York Daily News "R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana set the tone and Dillon Gee picked up the cues on Wednesday night. The righthander turned in a third straight winning performance from a Mets starter, throwing seven scoreless innings before giving up two in the eighth in what would become a 4-3 Mets victory over the..." June 21

  • Frank makes 'em sweat it out

    New York Post "The Mets nearly got another complete game out of a starting pitcher last night, and they almost needed it. Closer Frank Francisco made things interesting in the ninth inning after Dillon Gee shut down the Orioles for most of the night. Francisco walked in a run before escaping with the bases..." June 21

  • Frank Francisco's change leads to mound of success

    New York Post "Less than two weeks ago, seemingly everybody outside the Mets clubhouse was wondering why struggling Frank Francisco was still their closer. Lately he's showing why. A change in his bullpen sessions has made a change in the Mets' maligned pen as Francisco has given them some much-needed..." May 28

  • Mets' Frankie Francisco may not last in closer role

    New York Daily News "One can only wonder if the Mets relief corps had their collective ears at the door Thursday morning as Sandy Alderson stood outside the clubhouse expressing his frustration at watching this so-far uplifting season at Citi Field suddenly being sabotaged by another leaky pen. Barely 12 hours..." May 18

  • Relievers cost the Amazin's another victory

    New York Post "Frank Francisco's patent on arson expired last night, just in time for Jon Rauch to reach for the matches and pass them to D.J. Carrasco. With a shameful bullpen performance, the Mets again mugged Johan Santana and were left wondering whom they can trust in the late innings. This after the Reds..." May 17

  • Frank Francisco makes it interesting, but Amazin's hold on for 3-1 win over Brewers

    New York Daily News "You should see Frank Francisco after a save, even a save that almost wasn't. Standing in front of his locker as he did on Monday night, beaming, chin pointing upward in pride and defiance, the closer realizes that he loves New York. The man they call "Big Frank" savors it when reporters..." May 15

  • To be Frank, leaving closer 'save' & sorry

    New York Post "The post-Madoff, post-Minaya Mets were supposed to be different. Under the leadership of Sandy Alderson, whose forward thinking with the A's ultimately advanced the Q ratings of Billy Beane, Michael Lewis and Brad Pitt with "Moneyball," they were going to pave a new baseball operations path in..." May 15

  • Mets will stick with Francisco as closer

    New York Post "Frank Francisco will keep his job as Mets closer, manager Terry Collins said before Monday's game with the Brewers. "Yes, for the moment," said Collins, who added there wasn't anything physically wrong with Francisco. Collins said the closer would work on his mechanics with pitching coach Dan..." May 15

  • Mets reliever Francisco gets the night off

    New York Post "Frank Francisco's sore left hamstring isn't a major concern yet for the Mets, but the team was taking no chances by making the closer unavailable for last night's game against the Astros. Manager Terry Collins indicated dehydration, stemming from the Denver altitude — the Mets just finished a..." May 01

  • Francisco fixes flaw in delivery

    New York Post "Mets manager Terry Collins said Frank Francisco was angry over being pulled in the ninth inning Saturday, but understood the reliever's feelings and still backs him as the team's closer. For his part, Francisco said he'll do whatever his manager asks, and believes he has found and fixed the..." April 23

  • NY Mets' Frank Francisco keeps head held high following second straight poor outing in 5-4 win over Giants

    New York Daily News "Frank Francisco insists he still has supreme confidence in his ability to thrive as closer, even if he did implode before the Mets pulled out a 5-4 victory over the Giants on Saturday at Citi Field. The righty entered the ninth with a three-run lead, but he struggled. Francisco gave up a..." April 22

  • Francisco, pen put Atlanta hitters to sweep

    New York Post "The Mets' three-game sweep of Atlanta was their first since April 23-25, 2010, and their first against a division foe to open the season. And the Amazin's don't have to look any further than their pitching staff for the reason why, starters, closers and everything in-between. Jon Niese carrying..." April 09

  • Mets' closer Francisco kneeds an MRI

    New York Post "Frank Francisco's first spring in a Mets uniform is going from bad to worse. The team's closer planned to have an MRI exam on his left knee yesterday after encountering swelling in recent days. Francisco said his knee had been an issue earlier in spring training. "Early in camp I felt a..." April 03

  • NY Mets must address Frank Francisco's problems throwing to bases

    New York Daily News "In Frank Francisco's first spring training appearance for the Mets on Monday, he gave up a single and, on the next pitch, pinch-runner Eury Perez took off for second. In a conversation about his new closer a few days later, Terry Collins said he knew the runner would go on the first..." March 09

  • Mets close deal with Francisco

    New York Post "The Mets' biggest catch of the Winter Meetings became official yesterday. Frank Francisco is the team's new closer, after signing a two-year contract worth $12 million as part of the Mets' revitalized bullpen. The 32-year-old Francisco will join Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez as the new bullpen..." December 20

  • Mets sign closer Francisco, Rauch and trade Pagan

    New York Post "Summarizing just part of a wild night, the Mets traded with San Francisco, signed a Francisco and won't be reunited with Francisco (Rodriguez). The Mets' big splash, a two-year deal worth $12 million with closer Frank Francisco, completed a frenzy that won't overshadow Jose Reyes' departure to..." December 07

  • Jays' Francisco swears he was wrong

    Toronto Sun "It was a contrite and apologetic Frank Francisco that met with reporters in the Blue Jays dugout on Friday prior to the Jays-Indians game. The meeting stemmed from the night before following a bad outing by the Jays closer, who loaded the bases in the ninth without retiring an out, paving the..." July 09

  • Jays in need of someone who can save the day

    Toronto Star "A day after a ninth-inning collapse, Blue Jays manager John Farrell is once again forced to rethink who will fill the closer role. Frank Francisco, who converted his club-leading 10th save Monday in Boston before getting shelled in Thursday's series opener here, is going to be given an..." July 09

  • Bullpen help a hot commodity

    Fox Sports "Relief pitchers are viewed by many as the most volatile assets in baseball. That remains the case now, maybe more than ever before. And that is why relievers will again be among the most desired – and fickle – commodities at the trade deadline. Consider the turnover among the game's top..." May 30

  • Francisco still the closer

    Toronto Sun "Frank Francisco remains the Blue Jays' closer of choice, but that designation may be up for review at a moment's notice. Francisco failed to hold a one-run lead for Ricky Romero in the ninth inning Tuesday. Manager John Farrell gave him an endorsement Wednesday, though it came across as..." May 26

  • Bullpen blows it late, Jays fall to Yankees

    Toronto Star "Jose Bautista can't perform the miracle of the loaves and home runs every night. So every once in a while, the meek of the Earth (i.e. everyone else on the Toronto Blue Jays) are going to have to chip in. Bautista had one of his worst offensive outings of the season in New York on Tuesday..." May 25

  • Francisco shares memories of mom

    Toronto Sun "A successful closer needs to be able to throw strikes, have a fastball in the mid-90s, and a short memory. Blue Jays Frank Francisco has all of that, but on Mother's Day he had a long memory of his mother Vicenta, her tribulations, work ethic and sacrifices. Vicenta raised 10 children, eight..." May 09

  • Emotions tug at Blue Jays' Francisco in return to Arlington

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Relief pitcher Frank Francisco said it was strange when the Toronto Blue Jays got into Arlington on Sunday night. "Last night when I was driving from the airport to here, I felt a little weird," he said. "I slapped myself. Was I going to cry? I loved it here. I had good times. I grew up..." April 26

  • Frank Francisco makes himself at home in Texas

    Toronto Star "Jays reliever Frank Francisco was all smiles in his return to Arlington, where he spent six seasons. He was presented with his 2010 American League Championship Series ring in a ceremony prior to Monday night's game. For Francisco, it was his first game in Texas since joining the Jays in an..." April 26

  • Jays demote Jesse Litsch to make room for Frank Francisco

    Toronto Star "With Brandon Morrow set to rejoin the Blue Jays rotation on Thursday, either Jo-Jo Reyes or Jesse Litsch had to go. Unfortunately for Litsch, despite outperforming Reyes this season – 1-1, 3.63 ERA vs. 0-2, 6.75 ERA, there was one number stacked against his odds of remaining with the club as a..." April 20