PHILLIES WILL HAVE FRANCO — ‘SORE, BUT I’LL BE FINE’ — BACK TODAY

By Sam Bush

Maikel Franco will be back in the line-up today.

The Phillies third baseman had his left elbow wrapped up Friday morning at Citi Field. But at least he had a bat in his hands and was headed to the batting cage to hit.

“I’m sore,” Franco said. “But I’ll be fine.”

Franco got hit with a 92-mph fastball just below the elbow in the ninth inning Thursday afternoon against the Reds. He was not in the Phillies’ lineup for Friday’s game against the Mets, but Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Franco was available to pinch-hit and is expected to be in the lineup today.

“It’s not a big deal,” Mackanin said.

That should be a relief for the Phillies, who badly need Franco’s bat in the lineup. Franco hit .300 (3-for-10) with one double, one home run, two RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts in three games against the Reds this week.

Andres Blanco started at third base Friday. He hit fifth.

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