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Manuel disturbed about Francoeur's lack of patience

New York Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur #12

New York Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur #12 reacts after making the final out in the bottom of the eighth inning with the tying runs on base against the Atlanta Braves at CitiField. (July 9, 2010) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Jerry Manuel has lost patience with Jeff Francoeur's lack of patience.

Francoeur was not in the lineup last night when the Mets faced righthander Barry Enright and the Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Chris Carter started in leftfield and Angel Pagan was in right.

With the Mets desperate for offense, Francoeur temporarily reclaimed his starting job this past week when Jason Bay went down with a concussion. He even hit a big three-run home run on Tuesday.

But that was Francoeur's only hit in 17 at-bats on the homestand going into last night. He's hitless in his last 15 at-bats and is batting .238 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs.

Francoeur's one-pitch popout to first base in the sixth inning of Friday's 9-6 loss to Arizona seemed to particularly irk Manuel.

"We had runners on first and second and it looked like we had something going," he said. "He got a little anxious in that at-bat and I just saw Frenchy was not quite right. He just still seems a little - not necessarily lost - but he hasn't been able to take the tremendous batting- practice sessions we've been having with him to the game."

Not being selective has been a problem during Francoeur's entire career. The Mets considered trading him before Bay got hurt, but his status with the team is unclear if he cannot even play over Carter.

The Mets are scheduled to face righties in at least the next four games, and Manuel spoke as if Carter has a chance to earn some playing time if he hits.

"There's too many holes offensively that we're trying to fill," Manuel said. "So I thought if Carter could give us a little shot in the arm, I think it would be good for the team."

Francoeur, who said he was happy not to be traded before yesterday's non-waivers deadline, said he understands he needs to get better.

"I want to be here," he said. "I want to help this team win. I've got to get myself going."


Post script

The Mets honored the Division II national champion C.W. Post men's lacrosse team on the field before the game.

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