Jeff Francis makes first rehab start
Left-hander, who missed the 2009 season recovering from left shoulder surgery, took a step closer to rejoining the Colorado Rockies big-league roster Thursday.
Francis, disabled at the end of spring training because of a strain in his lower left arm pit, made his first rehab start for Double-A Tulsa. Working on a 75-pitch limit, Francis threw 74 pitches in 4 2/3 innings of Tulsa’s 4-2, 16-inning loss to Arkansas.
Francis allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, striking out three. He threw 42 strikes and 32 balls. Francis is expected to make a second rehab assignment start on Tuesday for either Tulsa or Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Right-hander, on the disabled list with a groin strain, will make a rehab start on Friday for Triple-A Colorado Springs. If all goes well, Hammel could be activated in time for Wednesday’s start against Philadelphia.
Right fielder, out with a quad strain, made his first rehab appearance with Hi-A Modesto on Thursday, and was 1-for-4 with a double, RBI and two strikeouts. Hawpe will DH for Triple-A Colorado Springs at Sacramento on Friday, and play a full game in right field on Saturday. He is expected to be activated on Monday.