Frank Francisco plans to meet the Mets in San Diego, where he will come off the disabled list in time for Friday's series opener. Francisco will immediately step back into the closer's role, ending Bobby Parnell's six-week run with the job. Regardless, manager Terry Collins said that Parnell will continue to see stray save opportunities if Francisco has worked multiple days in a row.
Andres Torres returned to the starting lineup Thursday following a two-game absence with a bruised right thumb. Collins said the switch-hitting Torres may still have issues batting left-handed, but was fine to start Thursday against lefty Barry Zito. Torres, who appeared in the ninth inning Wednesday as a defensive replacement, is also fine to play in the outfield.