Pneumonia sidelines Texas Rangers CL Frank Francisco

by Keith Hernandez on July 20, 2009 @ 15:30:05 PDT


The Associated Press reports the Texas Rangers placed relief pitcher Frank Francisco (pneumonia) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 20, due to a mild case of pneumonia. The move is retroactive to July 11.

Frank Francisco, Texas Rangers Francisco can return Sunday

In a related move, the team recalled relief pitcher Willie Eyre from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Francisco last pitched before the All-Star break and began feeling ill Saturday, July 18. He will remain at home where he will rest and take medication.

Francisco has been pitching well this season despite three trips to the disabled list. He sports an ERA of 2.28 with 15 saves in 17 chances.

Relief pitcher C.J. Wilson will likely serve as the closer in Francisco's absence. Wilson was the replacement at the closer position during Francisco's disabled list stints earlier this year.

Wilson has also pitched fairly well this season. He owns a 2.88 ERA with seven saves and two blown saves. He also has a WHIP of 1.30.

Francisco owners should not be too nervous over his third trip to the disabled list because it has nothing to do with his right arm. He also is not expected to miss more than two weeks with his DL stint retroactive to July 11; he's eligible to return Sunday. Place him on a DL spot immediately or stash him on your bench if you do not have the room.

Wilson should be immediately scooped up off the waiver wire in your league if you own Francisco or need what could only be a week's worth of save chances.

Eyre will be used in middle relief and is not worthy of fantasy consideration.


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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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