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Mets' Francisco has surgery, to be ready by Opening Day

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - New York Mets reliever Frank Francisco had surgery Tuesday in Manhattan to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow.

Francisco, 33, will be sidelined for six weeks and is expected to be ready by Opening Day.

The right-hander served as New York's closer last season and made 48 appearances out of the bullpen. He converted 23-of-26 save opportunities, but posted a career-high 5.53 earned run average and an ineffective 1.61 walks/hits per inning pitched.

12/18 20:06:54 ET