DENVER – The Colorado Rockies have placed left-hander Jeff Francis on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder soreness Saturday and recalled infielder Eric Young Jr. from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Francis, 4-4 with a 4.56 ERA in 16 starts, missed the 2009 season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder in February 2009. He missed the start of this season after experiencing soreness in the shoulder in his final spring training start and went on the 15-day DL on March 26. He made his season debut May 16 and did not miss a start before going on the disabled list again.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy said the setback was not a surprise and Francis could begin throwing in the bullpen within a week.
"I knew before I left for spring training we were going to be dealing with something like this. We're just at one of those phases where we just have to step back for a period of time," Tracy said. "You know when you're dealing with recovery from this type of injury there's going to be a setback."