Francis unable to play catch after start

Updated: April 3, 2010, 3:04 AM ET
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy said left-hander Jeff Francis, who was scheduled to start Colorado's second game of the regular-season against Milwaukee, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Francis, who pitched five scoreless innings Thursday against Chicago after missing all of last season following shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, was sore and unable to play flat-ground catch Friday.

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Left-hander Greg Smith, coming off an injury-marred season of his own, will take Francis' spot in the rotation.

"It's hurting pretty bad," Francis said. "But not like it did before. I don't know if that's good news or bad news. I threw the ball [Thursday] in a way I haven't thrown it in a long time. That was probably pretty taxing on my shoulder. Maybe I wasn't ready for it. Needless to say I'm pretty disappointed."

Francis, the Rockies' ace in 2007 when they made their run to the World Series, has battled shoulder problems since going 17-9 that season.

"I felt like I had really put it together and whatever I'd been searching for all spring I found it [Thursday]," he said. "I was excited to start the season. Like a lot of people say, this is another obstacle I have to jump over and hopefully come out clean on the other side."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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