The Colorado Rockies will be without their best pitcher. Jeff Francis is the team's ace, if they can even be considered as a team having an ace. He is also a veteran and knows how to pitch in the high altitude environment of Coors Field. Unfortunately, he has landed on the 15-day DL.
Owen Perkins of MLB.com says Francis was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained groin. This comes on the heels of a dominating performance in which Francis gave up just one run in six innings of work. The injury is certainly frustrating to the struggling Rockies. It's also frustrating to Francis.
"It's very disappointing," Francis said before the Rockies' opener of a four-game set with the Giants. "I've been struggling a bit since the first week of the year. To put an outing like that together was very rewarding, because you've done the work and the preparation to go there and pitch like that, so to have that taken away is very frustrating."
Francis has spent eight of his nine Major League seasons with the Rockies. He's familiar with the trouble pitchers have pitching at home in Denver. However, he has managed to be a relatively successful pitcher considering the conditions. In his career, Francis is 69-76 with a 4.89 ERA. With Colorado, he actually has a winning record at 63-60.
The Rockies are settling in as the National League West's cellar dwellers for now. It's a tough position for them to be in after they had a successful run from 2007-2010. Francis' injury certainly won't help them climb out of the basement, but it's best this injury happens now. If the team were competing, the loss of Francis would have been much more devastating.
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