After saving his eighteenth victory against the NY Yankees, Mets’ closer Frank Francisco had missed action on Saturday and will also not be available Sunday night for the “Subway Series” rubber match between the Mets and the Yankees.
Based on the MRI results, Frank Francisco had suffered an injury to his left oblique on Friday night, which forced the Mets to place the right-hander on a 15-day DL, literally an hour before Sunday night’s game.
The Mets are currently looking at this situation to be “day by day.”
“Right now I don’t know,” said Collins [Mets manager], when asked how long Francisco would be out. “It may just be a one-night thing. Hopefully he’s OK for tomorrow.”
The possibility of losing Francisco for a long time would be the worst thing that could happen to the Mets. Francisco has been dominant in the ninth inning for the team saving 18 games out of 21 opportunities.
For support, the team has also activated reliever Ramon Ramirez [hamstring] from the disabled list.
This part of the season will be an important time for the New York Mets. If the bullpen can somehow change its ways, at least until Francisco returns, the team could still be in playoff contention for the year.
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