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According to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News, Frank Francisco still feels a burn in his elbow when he throws a ball.

As a result, Francisco said it would probably be a week before he can face hitters again.

"I don't feel ready to pitch," Francisco said, according to Ackert. "After I faced hitters, I take a couple of steps back."

Earlier this week, Terry Collins told reporters Francisco would remain in Port St. Lucie while he continues to rehab his elbow.

Francisco had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in December. He had been shutdown early in camp after experiencing discomfort in his elbow.

Francisco went 1-3 with a 5.53 ERA in 48 relief appearances in 2012, having allowed 26 earned runs, 47 hits, 21 walks with 47 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings in 2012 – he was shutdown after September 16 after being diagnosed with right elbow soreness.

There really hasn't been anything positive to take away from Francisco's camp this spring. He hasn't thrown much, and when he has, he doesn't seem to make any progress. He did throw a bullpen session before Wednesday's game, and while he did throw from the top of the mound, his delivery was very deliberate and he was clearly holding back. Based on that and what he told the Daily News, it doesn't sound like there's any sort of timetable for Francisco at this point.

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