Jeff Francis makes first rehab start

May 7, 2010 | 12:26 am | 7  

Left-hander Jeff Francis, 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 Jason Hammel, 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 Brad Hawpe, 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.

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  • wyoseamhead | May 7, 2010 | 8:40 am

    Looks like good news on the recovery and return front for these players, barring further setbacks. Any news on possible rehab/return dates for Street and Buchholz, and how they are looking, Tracy? Thanks.

  • Karl | May 7, 2010 | 9:03 am

    So he could feasibly start again on the 11th somewhere and then could be back with the Rockies on the 16th or is that not feasible?

  • Rich M | May 7, 2010 | 11:00 am

    Tracy, can you find out how Friedrich, Deduno, Weathers, and G Reynolds are doing and what their projected time table might be for returning to action? Also if you can find out, when and where will Matsek pitch?

  • Dave | May 7, 2010 | 1:53 pm

    Any updates at all re how long DLR will be gone?

  • Tracy Ringolsby | May 7, 2010 | 4:01 pm

    I’ll try to provide as many answers as I can.
    Street will be examined in Denver on Monday for clearance to begin rehab as early as Monday night, maybe Tuesday.
    Buchholz began his rehab Wednesday at A Modesto, pitching a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout. Can’t be activated until June 3.
    Greg Reynolds begins his rehab at A Modesto on Saturday.
    Samuel Deduno is out at least a month with stress fracture in his elbow.
    De La Rosa has not begun to play catch yet.
    My guess on Francis is he will be on rehab at least three starts. That’s just a guess.
    Hopefully Jack can provide some insight on Weathers and Freidrich.

  • Julian | May 7, 2010 | 6:12 pm

    While Jack is updating us on the status of injured minor leaguers, I would be curious to get an update on the status of Chris Nelson, Hector Gomez and Darin Holcomb.

  • Rockpile | May 7, 2010 | 6:26 pm

    It’ll be nice to finally have a veteran like Francis back in the starting roation, soon. No offense to Smith, Rogers and Chacin, but we’ve got a few too many rookies and second-year players in the rotation right now. Kudos to Chacin, though, for the one-hitter. Can’t wait to see that guy pitch Saturday.