It’s not necessarily cause-and-effect, but the Mets have gone 13-21 without Francisco and fallen out of contention. They’ll have him back for Friday’s game, according to the New York Post:
After spending the last five weeks on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, closer Frank Francisco will rejoin the Mets today, giving the team some much needed depth in the bullpen.
The right-hander is 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA and 18 saves, but had rebounded from a disastrous May before hitting the disabled list on June 24.
Manager Terry Collins will be glad to have Bobby Parnell in a setup role again with Francisco returning, but said Parnell could still see ninth-inning duty.
Francisco posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.5 WHIP in a five-game rehab assignment to Double-A Binghamton. The Post article says Elvin Ramirez will “likely” be removed from the 25-man roster (probably by optioning him to Triple-A), but no official move has yet been announced.