Where is Frank Francisco?

Frank Francisco road polaroidFrank Francisco hasn’t thrown a pitch for the Mets this season. He has pitched just five innings with Single-A St. Lucie in rehab outings.

“We’ve got him on a throwing program again,” Sandy Alderson said on Monday, according to Andy Martino in the New York Daily News. “[He] doesn’t feel right. So right now, he’s long-tossing and we’re monitoring his progress. Basically, he is dictating the program based on how he feels.”

Francisco had surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow last December. However, as Martino reports, he arrived to Spring Training this year with more elbow discomfort, although there does not seem to be any structural damage.

“Do I think he’s going to throw for us again this year?” Alderson said. “Yes, I do. But I’m not sure exactly when.”

In 2012, Francisco had 23 saves with a 5.53 ERA over 42 1/3 innings pitched — he will earn $6 million in the final year of a two-year, $12 million contract he signed before the 2012 season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Francisco was mostly horrible last year, but the Mets could sure use another body in that bullpen right now. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like he’s coming back anytime soon, if at all. It’s been one step forward and two steps backwards for Francisco all year long. The weird thing is, his velocity has been good during his outings, which supports the fact there is no structural damage in his arm. Still, he’s been long-tossing and pitching with pain throughout the rehab process, and pain is never good no matter what the diagnosis is.