PHILADELPHIA -- Reliever Frank Francisco (right elbow inflammation) is expected to throw off a mound Tuesday at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
"Hopefully, he's into some games here in the next few days,'' manager Terry Collins said of Francisco, who has dealt with inflammation since undergoing offseason elbow surgery.
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Meanwhile, Shaun Marcum has resumed playing catch, though Collins said the veteran righthander is nowhere close to pitching in a game. Until he's ready, lefthander Aaron Laffey will remain in the rotation as the fifth starter. He won't be needed again until next Tuesday at Colorado.
"He's going to be the guy until we figure out when Shaun is going to be back or if he's going to be back or where we stand,'' Collins said of Laffey, who allowed three runs and 10 hits in 41/3 innings against the Marlins on Sunday.
Laffey faced difficult circumstances heading into the start. He had not pitched in more than a week and then had to catch a redeye flight from Sacramento to New York. He had been with Triple-A Las Vegas.
John Buck's three-run shot in the second inning off Roy Halladay gave the Mets a homer in each of their first seven games to start the season. It's the second-longest homer streak to start the season in franchise history, trailing the 1987 team, which homered in eight straight games to start the year.
Numbers gameAccording to ESPN stats and info, Buck's 12 RBIs through the team's first seven games are the most by any Mets player in franchise history . . . David Wright extended his franchise record for third basemen with his 62nd straight errorless game . . . Righthanded reliever Scott Atchison was unavailable Monday night after working in three straight contests.