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Francis expected to miss season

2/25/2009 - MLB Jeff Francis Colorado Rockies + more

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Colorado Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his pitching shoulder at a Denver-area clinic.

Francis had the operation Wednesday at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in suburban Greenwood Village, Colo. He is expected to miss the entire season.

The Rockies say he'll begin rehabilitation immediately, but no date has been set for him to resume baseball activities.

Francis struggled with inflammation in his shoulder last season, when he went 4-10 with a 5.01 ERA. He came to spring training hoping to pitch through pain but decided last week to have surgery.

In five years with the Rockies, Francis is 51-44 with a 4.74 ERA.