Francis rejoins rotation in time to face Angels

Francis rejoins rotation in time to face Angels

Francis rejoins rotation in time to face Angels
DENVER -- The announcement from Rockies manager Jim Tracy came late Friday following a 7-2 loss to the Angels and well after left-hander Jeff Francis had been spotted in the workout room at Coors Field.

Tracy said Friday night that Francis will start against the Angels in Saturday's game at 2:10 p.m. MT.

Francis, 31, who was pitching well in Triple-A for the Reds before asking for his release for a Major League opportunity, will oppose Angels righty Dan Haren at Coors Field in his return to the Rockies. Francis pitched for the Rockies in 2004-10, although he missed 2009 with a shoulder injury.

Francis was the Rockies' No. 1 pitcher for much of that time, including 2007, when he went 17-9 with a 4.22 ERA and won games in the National League Division and Championship series before losing Game 1 of the World Series, in which the Rockies were swept by the Red Sox. He went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 31 starts for the Royals last season.

The Angels might not be happy to see Francis. Last year, Francis went 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA and nine strikeouts against no walks against them.