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Injured pitchers Francis, Street play catch

Injured pitchers Francis, Street play catch

DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy announced that left-handed starting pitcher Jeff Francis and right-handed closer Huston Street, both on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness, each had 25-pitch sessions of light catch on Monday.

Playing catch was the first step toward returning to a throwing program. Francis performed his session at Coors Field. Street had his at the team's training center in Tucson, Ariz. Because there have been several fits and starts with both players, the Rockies are not speculating on when they'll be ready to join the club.

Tracy also said reliever Taylor Buchholz, returning from Tommy John right elbow surgery, has thrown another batting practice session and continues to improve. The Rockies will meet soon to discuss a plan of action. He is not expected back until June.