FIU PITCHER MIKE FRANCO
Eleven months removed from Tommy John surgery, FIU right-hander Mike Franco has become the team's stopper with a 4-1 record. Normally, a pitcher needs 22 to 24 months after Tommy John surgery to return to form, but Franco has exceeded expectations. Pitching on a strict pitch count each week, Franco has pitched well enough to lead the team in wins. One reason for Franco's quick comeback has been his relentless work ethic in rehab. Franco adheres to the Spanish saying on the tattoo on his right arm, translated in English the tattoo reads, "Some call it luck, I call it hard work". From Corpus Christi, Texas, Franco is a small town guy who enjoys the outdoors, baseball and asking questions. The asking questions part would get him in trouble as a kid, but might lead to a career after baseball. Let's toe the slab and go Out of the Cage with Mike Franco . . . .