Francisco faces batters for first time

March, 23, 2013
3/23/13
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- For the first time in camp, Frank Francisco faced batters Saturday morning.

Francisco, who has been suffering from elbow inflammation, threw a 25-pitch batting practice. He described himself afterward as "really sore" but not alarmed.

"I expect to be sore," he said. "It hurts."

Francisco expects to be in a game during the upcoming week. Dan Warthen believes that will come on the minor league side.

Francisco will open the season on the disabled list.
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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