Francis, Daley close to simulated game action

Francis, Daley close to simulated game action

DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy said injured pitchers Matt Daley and Jeff Francis threw successful side sessions on Friday, will throw again on Sunday and could be in line to throw simulated starts on Tuesday in San Francisco.

With Triple-A Colorado Springs' schedule wrapping up Sept. 6, Tracy said he's hopeful the two pitchers would have the opportunity for rehab starts before rejoining the Rockies.

"If we pass the tests tomorrow, we'll move toward Tuesday and tackle that one," Tracy said. "And if we pass that one, we'll move out beyond there to see what we have as far as rehab."

Daley has not pitched for Colorado since June 10 and was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL with right shoulder inflammation on Aug. 3. Francis, suffering from left bicep soreness, was placed on the 15-day DL on Aug. 14.

Rockies starter Aaron Cook is also scheduled to start for Double-A Tulsa on Saturday. If all goes well for Cook, who scattered three hits and one run over five innings in his first rehab assignment, he would start in Thursday's makeup game against the Phillies.

"He's going to spot start on Thursday and, obviously, we've got a few more games to play between now and his spot start on Thursday," Tracy said. "And the combination of all of it, how we evaluate it, will go a long way in determining how we go from a rotational standpoint as we move into September."