Alderson explains Francisco surgery delay

January, 9, 2013
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Frank Francisco’s 2012 season ended after a Sept. 16 appearance with right elbow discomfort, which was labeled tendinitis.

He ultimately underwent surgery Dec. 18 to remove a bone spur from the elbow.

Why the wait?

Sandy Alderson said team doctors did not locate the spur until last month, after Francisco resumed throwing in preparation for 2013 and still had discomfort. According to the GM, Francisco’s spur was obstructed from view during his September exam by whatever else was going on in the elbow.

“I think the spur was discovered and finally diagnosed just before he had the surgery,” Alderson said. “It was a matter of conservative treatment, but there really were a couple of issues related to the elbow, and the primary issue was obscuring the spur issue.”

Alderson acknowledged Francisco still had discomfort in December, pre-surgery.

“Yeah, it was still bothering him,” Alderson said.

Francisco is under contract for 2013 at $6.5 million. He is supposed to recover from the surgery by spring training.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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