Franco Is Sore, but Says He’s Fine

FrancoMaikel Franco had his left elbow wrapped up this morning at Citi Field.

But at least he had a bat in his hands. At least he was headed to the batting cage to hit.

“I’m sore,” Franco said. “But I’ll be fine.”

Franco got hit with a 92 mph fastball just below the elbow in the ninth inning yesterday afternoon against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. He was not in the Phillies’ lineup for today’s game against the Mets, but Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said after receiving treatment Franco might be available to pinch-hit.

“It’s not a big deal,” Mackanin said.

That should be a relief for the Phillies, who badly need Franco’s bat in the lineup. Franco hit .300 (3-for-10) with one double, one home run, two RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts in three games this weeks against the Reds.

Andres Blanco started at third base Friday. He hit fifth.


Did anyone else happen to catch LA’s reaction reaction to the HBP yesterday? It was pretty much hilarious. Franzke did a great job holding his tongue, then slipped in the ever-so-slightest LA dig at the end – it was great radio.

Why didn’t the Phils re-sign Francuer whit there outfield injuries. He was still available when Altheer was hurt. The writers say he was great in clubhouse including working with the younger players. It boggles my mind

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