PHOENIX -- Frank Francisco will make a second rehab appearance with Double-A Binghamton on Friday. And Terry Collins said he will trust Francisco's judgment after that appearance about whether the closer believes he is ready to return to the majors from an oblique strain.
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But Collins said he does not want Francisco back unless the closer legitimately is sharp.
Francisco allowed three hits and a walk among the six batters he faced Wednesday in his first appearance with the B-Mets, at New Britain, Conn.
"We're already struggling in the bullpen," Collins said. "We don't need someone else down there struggling. We need him ready. And when he tells me he's ready to go, he's here. But if it's just a matter that we need him desperately that he gets back here and he doesn't have success, I'm not sure it's the best move just to have him here."
Collins said neither Francisco's oblique, nor the knee crankiness that required a cortisone shot at the beginning of the week, bothered Francisco in Wednesday's appearance.
"He just said he felt uncomfortable, but he didn't have any pain in his side, any pain in his knee," Collins said.
As for the Mets' other rehabbing player, Collins said it remains "reasonable" for Mike Baxter to rejoin the team in San Francisco on Monday.