Rockies’ Francis set to go; Jimenez likely opening day starter

Speaking to The Denver Post, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said left-hander Jeff Francis will enter spring training with no limitations.

Francis missed all of last season after shoulder surgery last February.

Tracy added that right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez likely will be his opening day starter. Francis, Aaron Cook, Jorge De La Rosa and Jason Hammel will follow Jimenez, though Francis and De La Rosa could swap spots.

As for the Rockies’ bench, Tracy said he likely would keep five hitters, and the newspaper speculated they could be Seth Smith, Ryan Spilborghs, Jason Giambi, Melvin Mora and the backup catcher. The latter likely will be the loser of the Chris Iannetta-Miguel Olivo spring competition.

Speaking to The Denver Post, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said left-hander Jeff Francis will enter spring training with no limitations.

Francis missed all of last season after shoulder surgery last February.

Tracy added that right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez likely will be his opening day starter. Francis, Aaron Cook, Jorge De La Rosa and Jason Hammel will follow Jimenez, though Francis and De La Rosa could swap spots.

As for the Rockies’ bench, Tracy said he likely would keep five hitters, and the newspaper speculated they could be Seth Smith, Ryan Spilborghs, Jason Giambi, Melvin Mora and the backup catcher. The latter likely will be the loser of the Chris Iannetta-Miguel Olivo spring competition.

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