Already without closer Huston Street (shoulder) for the foreseeable future, the Rockies also will begin the season without lefthander Jeff Francis.
Francis, who missed the entire 2009 season after shoulder surgery, was scheduled to start Tuesday in Milwaukee but will be placed on the disabled list, according to The Denver Post. He hasn’t been scheduled for an MRI exam.
After his Cactus League start Thursday — he shut out the Cubs for five innings — Francis began to experience discomfort underneath his left armpit.
"It’s hurting pretty bad, but not like before," Francis told the newspaper. "I don’t know if that’s good news or bad. I threw the ball (Thursday) in a way I hadn’t thrown it in a long time. It was probably taxing on my shoulder and it probably wasn’t ready for it."
Greg Smith will start in place of Francis on Tuesday.