PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Sandy Alderson said Frank Francisco's rehab work after undergoing surgery in December to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow was sidetracked by personal issues, including deaths in the reliever's family.
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Echoing Terry Collins' comments the previous day, Alderson added that Mets trainers expected Francisco would have some inflammation issues upon starting to throw in spring training.
Francisco currently is shut down from throwing, and Collins has told Bobby Parnell to be prepared to be the closer.
"It's not alarming, only in the sense that I suspected this might be the case for some time following his offseason," Alderson said. "He's had a difficult time with some personal issues. I'm disappointed, but unfortunately this is not unexpected. ... His current status, I think, is not just a function of the surgery, but also an inability really to carry out an effective rehab program over the last several weeks."
Alderson added that he expects the Mets are done adding relievers, and is not returning to the free-agent market because of Francisco's issue.
"Look, given our bullpen over the last couple of years, why should I ever be comfortable?" Alderson said. "But we're not actively looking at this point."
Overall, why does Alderson have confidence in this year's bullpen overhaul, given last year's overhaul did not go too well?
"Why don't we defer the answer to that for another three or four weeks," Alderson said. "Relief pitching is notoriously unpredictable. But we think with the mix that we have and the quality of the veterans that we brought in that we should see some definite improvement."