As the Mets look elsewhere for bullpen help, at least Frank Francisco appears to be making progress. Francisco, who has been on the disabled list since June 23 with a left oblique strain, is scheduled to throw off a mound Saturday. Terry Collins said he'll need a minimum of four rehab appearances before rejoining the team.
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Beato had a 1.16 ERA in 16 games for Buffalo and seems to have recovered from the shoulder problems that landed him on the DL before Opening Day.
"I had a couple of three-inning outings and my velocity was steady for the most part," he said.
Five weeks after designating him for assignment, the Mets claimed Chris Schwinden off waivers from the Yankees.
Amaro: No fire sale
"We plan on being contenders in '13, '14, '15 and '16, so we're not blowing this team up," he said. "That's not going to happen regardless of what happens over the next couple of weeks. It's more about retooling than it is redoing."