Frank Francisco undergoes minor elbow surgery

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From ESPN New York beat reporter Adam Rubin comes word that Mets closer Frank Francisco underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. The procedure was deemed an intial success and the right-hander is expected to begin a throwing program in six weeks.

He should be fine for the start of spring training.

Francisco posted an ugly 5.53 ERA and 1.61 WHIP across 42 1/3 frames this past season for New York, but the 33-year-old converted 23 saves in 26 chances and he’s owed a $6.5 million salary in 2013 so he’s pretty much locked into that ninth-inning role.

If “Frank Frank” can get off to a hot start in 2013, the Mets may find a trade market for him in July.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: