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Frank Francisco unavailable after feeling shoulder soreness warming up

Aug 22, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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Toronto closer Jon Rauch is out following an emergency appendectomy, so Frank Francisco was warming up to pitch the ninth inning of a 1-0 game yesterday when his shoulder started barking.

Francisco stopped throwing and the Blue Jays instead let Casey Janssen finish the game by pitching a third inning.

Today is an off day for the Blue Jays, but Gregor Chisholm of reports that Francisco will likely be examined by doctors before being cleared to pitch Tuesday, with a trip to the disabled list potentially looming.

Francisco has pitched very well since losing his closer job to Rauch in mid-July, allowing just one run in 13 innings with an 11/1 K/BB ratio, but he has a history of arm problems and spent time on the DL earlier this season with a strained pectoral muscle that was initially classified as a shoulder injury.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    He had the good sense to realize that something was wrong and told the bullpen coach. He did not try to tough things out on the mound and potentially blow the game. The Jay’s broadcast did show pictures of Francisco with his head in his hands. He was obviously upset. Fortunately, Janssen was able to pitch a third hitless inning. Once Janssen took the mound in the 9th, the Jays did have 2 other pitchers start to warm up. Fortunately they were not necessary.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    common sense tells me a 4th place team isnt going to miss their closer very much.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      Surprisingly, I actually agree with Harry for a change. As Harry might remember, a few years ago, on another site he taunted me with the phrase “HaHa Janssen has gone on the DL”. It was a serious injury. We both agree that Janssen is the better pitcher.

      • FC - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:35 PM

        PC, one big reason they are 4th is ALL the blown saves. The Jays have a serious problem holding – nee CLINGING – to a lead in the 9th Inning and beyond. 26 for 46? Ouch!!!!

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

        I do not have the stats in front of me; however, once the Jays get into extra innings they have a winning record. Both Francisco and Rauch have blown too many save opportunities and are unlikely to be back next year. They both project as type 2 free agents and as such would bring a sandwich round pick if they sign elsewhere. Janssen could be the closer next year. Another possibility is McGowan who after several seasons of not playing due to a series of injuries is pitching quite well in a rehab stint.

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