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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
TC: 70 percent chance Frankie's done

By Matt Ehalt

The odds are not in Frank Francisco's favor.

Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged once again that the closer is likely done for the season with elbow tendinitis, putting the odds at 70 percent that he won't pitch again this season.

"Hopefully I'm wrong," Collins said.

Francisco last pitched Sept. 16 and experienced a setback over the weekend as he woke up Saturday with a sore elbow. With just eight games remaining, it might not make sense to bring back the closer for games that are virtually meaningless in the standings. Francisco is 1-3 with a 5.53 ERA and 23 saves.

Collins said he planned to talk to Francisco after batting practice Wednesday to see how he's doing as the closer planned to play catch. Francisco has one year left on his contract.

"The signs are not pointing in the best direction right now," Collins said. "It's been nine days since he pitched. Certainly he's got to throw a pen before -- right now with him being out that long he certainly needs to throw on the side before we would put him in the game and I'm not sure when that would take place."