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Friday, May 10, 2013
Frank could replace Familia on active roster

By Adam Rubin

Frank Francisco's activation from the disabled list could be expedited because Jeurys Familia is dealing with biceps tendinitis, Terry Collins said.

Collins said team officials were huddling to determine their next move. Their original inclination appeared to be to have Francisco briefly continue his rehab assignment at a higher minor league level than Class A St. Lucie. Now, though, Francisco could simply return to the Mets if Familia needs to be placed on the disabled list.

Collins said Familia's velocity sat at about 92 mph instead of 96 mph in his Wednesday appearance, and Familia acknowledged afterward that he could not really let go of his fastball with its usual zip because of the biceps issue. The manager suggested biceps tendinitis may be as harmless as an early indicator of fatigue.

Familia is active but unavailable for Friday night's game.

"When you start to get fatigued, that's the first place it sets in," Collins said about the biceps. "We'll just give him another day and see how he is tomorrow. He brought it up two days ago after the game, that he couldn't really let his fastball go. That was the first we heard about it."

Bobby Parnell will remain closer once Francisco returns.

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Jonathon Niese has no issue with his back that would complicate starting Saturday against the Pirates, Collins added. The southpaw even participated with pitchers in batting practice before Friday's game. "He says he feels a lot better than he did a week ago," Collins said. "Everything's good."

Anthony Recker starts for only the fifth time in 32 games on Friday night. Collins preferred having John Buck (27 starts) catch Niese in Saturday's day game. "Shaun Marcum kind of controls his own game a little bit, so it's a good day for John to have off," Collins said.

Justin Turner, who started at first base in place of Ike Davis on Thursday, this time starts at second base over Daniel Murphy against left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. Murphy is hitting .130 (6-for-46) with one RBI in his past 11 games. "Murph's a perfectionist when it comes to hitting," Collins said. "The other night he was in the cages long after the game was over trying to clean up some things. We know at the end of the day he's going to be hitting .295 to .315. It was another day where we've got a left-hander. I wanted to get Justin back in the game."