New York Mets close Frank Francisco was taken off the disabled list on Friday before the opening game of their series against the San Diego Padres.
While Francisco is coming back from the DL, manager Terry Collins has said that it is highly unlikely that he will be able to use him in consecutive days.
Francisco made five rehab appearances and said he still felt some tightness in his right lat. Francisco has 18 saves in 21 chances this season, but those numbers are misleading as he has an ERA of 4.97. He has done well in non-save situations, but when the game is on the line he struggles to close the game if he does at all. It looks like though he will get his job back at closer, taking over for his fill-in Bobby Parnell. Parnell saved four out of the six games in the that time.
With Francisco being unable to pitch on consecutive days, it looks like Parnell will still have his chances to get save situations. With the Mets seemingly out of contention, now is a good time to evaluate these two players and figure out if either of them are worthy enough to be a closer for the team.
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