#Mets place RHP Frank Francisco on the 15-Day DL, retroactive to June 23, with a left oblique strain.
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 24, 2012
Francisco will be eligible to come off the disabled list on July 8, the last day before the All-Star Break.
The oblique injury has been an epidemic in the Mets clubhouse this year, as several players missed time during spring training with the injury. However, all of the players afflicted with the injury were able to come back relatively quickly and were able to play without further pain or discomfort.
It's a shame that Francisco will now have to miss at least 15 days. Although he is still not a lights-out closer, he has been far more effective over his last 14 appearances. Since May 17, Frank Frank has saved nine games in ten chances and has held the opposition scoreless in 12 of those 14 appearances. He also has a 1.26 ERA and has held opposing hitters to a .182 batting average and .262 on-base percentage over that time period.
In related news, Little Jerry Seinfeld finally has a home. Little Jerry, the chicken brought to the Mets clubhouse by reliever Tim Byrdak, has been adopted by the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, where he will live in a peaceful and media-free environment.
At least that's one chicken story that had a happy ending.