During Sunday’s game on SNY, Gary Cohen said Frank Francisco stated he had been suffering from a partially torn flexor pronator in his right elbow during the season.
After the game, Francisco spoke with reporters and said he had been receiving platelet rich plasma treatment to help promote healing of the tendon.
“There’s been a lot of talking. There’s nothing I can do to change people’s minds,” Francisco said after the game. “If I went for a cortisone shot, why would they give me platelet rich plasma if nothing was wrong with my arm? So, that explains something to you.”
Francisco made his season debut on Sunday, faced two batters and earned the victory against the Indians – he has been on the disabled list all year with what the team described as elbow soreness.
Francisco has had several consultations with team doctors over the course of the season, and the Mets have said on each occasion there was no structural damage in his elbow.
However, Francisco reportedly did suffer a strain of his right flexor pronator in May and was shutdown for 72 hours at that time.
Michael Baron, ContributorWell, this is a new one, though I’m not surprised this is becoming a he said/she said game in the media.
The thing is, I don’t think this matters at this point. There’s clearly some kind of gap between the team and the player in this case, and regardless of the facts, this relationship isn’t ending well. But, as I said earlier, it would have been easier if they had just released Francisco from his contract rather than bring him back with three weeks to go and go through this with him. If the team’s claims about Francisco’s work ethic are true, it sends a poor message bringing him into a clubhouse the Mets have worked very hard to change culturally. And, if what Francisco is saying is accurate, it doesn’t make the Mets look so great in this case.
I hope the next three weeks aren’t used by both parties to fire shots at each other in the media, especially since the front office has been so open about finishing with positive vibes in 2013.
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