|Elbow problems continue to sideline Francisco. (US Presswire)|
Ebow Inflammation bothering Francisco, who is shut down. Asked how close he was to 100 percent, he said he's at "zero."— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) February 12, 2013
Zero percent doesn't sound very good.
Francisco, 33, is in the second year of a two-year, $12-million contract. He went 23-for-26 in save chances with a 5.53 ERA last season, though he missed time with an oblique strain and elbow inflammation. Francisco was considered the favorite to close for the Mets in 2013.
Manager Terry Collins told Mike Puma of the New York Post that hard-throwing righty Bobby Parnell will step into the ninth-inning role for the time being. The 28-year-old pitched to a 2.49 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings in 2012. The Mets signed veterans Brandon Lyon and LaTroy Hawkins this offseason, both of whom have closing experience.
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