Sunday, August 03, 2008

Oklahoma Tuneup Has Jeff Francis Ready to Return

Former 17-game winner Jeff Francis is set to return to action for the Rockies Tuesday after a successful final rehabilitative outing at Double A Tulsa.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle was quoted by The SportsXchange as describing Francis as having a good fastball and a lively changeup.

Francis went 1-0 in three minor league starts, surrendering just one run in little more than 14 innings. After going 17-9 with a 4.22 ERA last season, Francis has been a shadlow of his former self this season, going 3-7 with a 5.67 ERA in 17 starts before going on the disabled list with soreness.

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