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Francisco has bone spur removed from right elbow

Francisco has bone spur removed from right elbow

Francisco has bone spur removed from right elbow
NEW YORK -- The Mets announced Tuesday that veteran reliever Frank Francisco underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Francisco's procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek, and he's expected to be at full speed for Opening Day.

Francisco, 33, went 1-3 with a 5.53 ERA last season, saving 23 games, but only five of them came after the All-Star break. Prior to joining the Mets, Francisco had 17 saves for Toronto in 2011 and a career-best 25 saves for Texas in '09.

Francisco, who has a 19-22 career record with a 3.92 ERA and 72 saves, is expected to begin throwing in about six weeks and should be ready for Spring Training. The right-hander has spent virtually all of his career -- 331 of his 379 appearances -- in the American League.

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Last season, his first with the Mets, Francisco finished 38 of the 48 games he pitched in and allowed five home runs in his 48 appearances. Francisco had a 7.17 ERA in 10 April appearances last season, and he skewed his season-ending statistics by posting a 9.82 mark in 10 August outings.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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