Francis to throw 'pen session before first rehab start

Francis to throw 'pen session before first rehab start

DENVER -- After taking a line drive off the front of his left ankle Tuesday, left-hander Jeff Francis has a new rehab schedule.

Francis will throw a bullpen session Friday before making his first rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday when they travel to Salt Lake City. His next start will come June 8 in Reno, and Rockies manager Walt Weiss said they are primarily focused on making sure the veteran southpaw is back to full strength before he returns to the big leagues.

"We know who Jeff is," Weiss said. "It's just a matter of going out there pain-free and healthy, and if that's the case, just go out there and do his thing."

Francis is also recovering from a left groin injury, which on Thursday he said felt noticeably better but had not completely healed. Through eight starts this season -- the most recent a six-inning, one-run outing against the Cubs on May 14 -- Francis is 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA.

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