NEW YORK -- Mets closer Frank Francisco was unavailable out of the bullpen during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Yankees due to what he described as soreness in his left oblique. The right-hander confirmed after the game that no tests were scheduled and that the soreness was unfamiliar.
Francisco said he initially felt some pain after converting a 20-pitch save on Friday night, but he shrugged it off as "normal soreness." He attempted to throw prior to Saturday's game but was scratched after the discomfort failed to subside.
Francisco's absence left the Mets' already short-handed bullpen with only five arms on Saturday. With Ronny Cedeno returning from the disabled list on Friday, manager Terry Collins elected to option reliever Elvin Ramirez to Triple-A Buffalo.