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ATLANTA -- Closer Frank Francisco, who was due to being a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie, instead has been shut down because he felt more irritation in the left oblique that landed him on the disabled list June 23, Terry Collins said.
Bobby Parnell therefore will remain the closer for the near term.
"[Rehab coordinator] Jon [Debus] said he just didn't feel right," Collins said. "So they said, 'Look, you're not ready to go pitch then.' He's so big and strong, the one thing you can't have, if he's not ready to go out there, he can do some serious damage to it. So they've backed him off."
• Jason Bay, whose rehab assignment from a concussion began last night with Class A St. Lucie, will move "shortly" to Triple-A Buffalo, Collins said. That means Bay could be activated as soon as Tuesday's series opener in Washington.
"I told him when he left that I'm going to call him this weekend, and to be honest and tell me how he's swinging, because right now ... the one thing we don't want to do is go through an 0-for-17," Collins said, referring to Bay's hitless streak last month after being activated perhaps to soon following a DL stint for a fractured rib. "... When he feels like he's swinging as well as he can swing, he's coming back."
• Mike Baxter (displaced collarbone) is hitting off a tee in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but is not close to returning.
• Andres Torres, who has not played since July 4 because of a cranky back, is improved and available, according to Collins. Kirk Nieuwenhuis instead starts in center field, though.