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Frank Francisco’s rehab assignment isn’t going very well

Apr 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Most of the time with minor-league rehab assignments the reports on injured players making their way back from the disabled list are overwhelmingly positive, but it doesn’t sound like Blue Jays reliever Frank Francisco is doing very well in his comeback from a strained pectoral muscle.

Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Francisco has allowed six runs on four hits and three walks while recording five outs at Single-A and manager John Farrell revealed that his fastball has clocked in at just 88-89 miles per hour. Last season Francisco averaged 93.4 mph with his fastball.

Francisco was initially expected to come off the disabled list after just a few rehab appearances, but according to Chisholm he’s now at least three more outings away from returning. Or as Farrell put it: “The feeling is that he needs more reps, more innings on the mound.”

Jon Rauch has been closing in Francisco’s place, although Shawn Camp got (and blew) a multi-inning save chance in yesterday’s wild loss to the Mariners.

  1. BC - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Are they sure it’s not an oblique?

    • cur68 - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      I do believe it is, but just for varieties sake they’re calling a strained pec and not appendicitis or the dreaded New Black.

  2. derpdederpdederp - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    the napoli-for-francisco trade looked bad when it happened and its looking even worse now. we essentially traded wells for a guy thats gonna struggle to hit .250 this year (rivera) and a guy on the DL who looks to have lost his velocity, the only thing that makes him remotely worthwhile. if there wasnt cash involved we couldve just released wells and gotten the same result: nothing

    • indyralph - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      And if the Braves hadn’t gotten John Smoltz for Doyle Alexander, they would have gotten so ripped off in that trade.

    • indyralph - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      By the way, in case an educational moment is more appropriate here than my snark above: if the Blue Jays release Wells, they still owe him his full contract. By trading him, they rid themselves of an $85M obligation. It doesn’t matter what the Blue Jays got in return.

      • derpdederpdederp - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:56 PM

        hence “if there wasnt cash involved”

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