MRI may reveal Francisco's timeline

MRI may reveal Francisco's timeline

ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Frank Francisco, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 28 with a strained muscle in his right rib cage, has still not resumed throwing, and his return by the postseason may be in question.

Francisco is expected to undergo another MRI on Monday, and that may determine if he can resume throwing.

"It feels better," Francisco said. "I've done a lot of exercises and weight lifting, but I haven't thrown. I want to make sure I come back 100 percent."

Francisco has been the Rangers' primary eighth-inning setup reliever, and the club has been going with right-hander Darren O'Day and lefty Darren Oliver since Francisco went down. Because Francisco is a short reliever, the Rangers don't think he'll take long to get ready once he is cleared to resume throwing. But his timeline remains unclear.

Manager Ron Washington would like to see Francisco pitch at least a game or two at the Major League level before the regular season is over.

"If I can, I can. ... If I can't, I can't do a lot about it," Francisco said. "We're doing the right thing, making sure I'm ready to go. I don't want to go out there and throw and take five or six days back, then go out and throw and keep going back and forth."