Frank Francisco cleared for opener after cortisone shot

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Frank Francisco needed fluid drained from his knee and got a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain, but the Mets closer is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Francisco “felt good” after throwing a bullpen session and an MRI exam showed no major damage, but his lack of velocity and poor performance this spring certainly remains a concern.

His grip on the closer role, however, should be pretty strong thanks to a two-year, $12 million deal and, if healthy, Francisco’s track record as a setup man suggests he’s very capable of getting the job done.