Pomeranz will return to hill on Friday

Pomeranz will return to hill on Friday

Pomeranz will return to hill on Friday
PHOENIX -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy set the rotation for the weekend series against the Reds, naming Drew Pomeranz as the starter for Friday's series opener at Coors Field.

Pomeranz, who experienced left arm soreness during his start Friday night, was skipped during his normal turn in the rotation Tuesday but has been throwing without pain. The club called up Edwar Cabrera from the Minor Leagues to pitch in Pomeranz's place.

Tracy added that Christian Friedrich will pitch for the Rockies on Saturday against Johnny Cueto, and Jonathan Sanchez is scheduled to take the hill Sunday against Mat Latos.

"We just want to get [Pomeranz] back out there pitching. That's how he is going to learn," Tracy said. "We wanted to make sure that physically nothing is wrong and get him back out there. On Friday, it will have been a week."

Pomeranz's return will push back Jeff Francis, who started Wednesday against the D-backs, to Tuesday. That's a good thing, Tracy said.

"I would love for Jeff Francis to go out there tonight and just deal," Tracy said on Wednesday. "I don't want to take a starter out. I want to sit there like a lot of guys and see this guy into the seventh inning and still put up zeros and maybe we scratch a run. I'm waiting on that. I've been waiting for a while. I'm waiting for the message to come back my way."