Mets closer Frank Francisco will resume throwing on Monday. Francisco, who was shut down last week with inflammation in his surgically-repaired right elbow, will throw on flat ground, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Thursday.
Francisco had surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow in December, and his rehab was slowed by a death in the family this offseason. Francisco, however, feels he will get back on track quickly, because has been throwing throughout his rehab.

The 32-year-old said he will need around seven spring training appearances to feel ready for the Mets’ April 1 season opener against the Padres at Citi Field.

The Mets begin play Friday with an intrasquad scrimmage followed up by their first Grapefruit League game Saturday against the Nationals, and according to Collins, it’s about time.
“In our particular situation, we got decisions to make. I gotta start seeing people play and I am anxious to see them play,” Collins said. “Yeah. I want to get started.”

The Mets will face Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg in Saturday’s 12:10 p.m. game at Tradition Field.

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