ANAHEIM -- Rangers pitcher Frank Francisco was supposed to begin his throwing program on Monday but is going to wait one more day. He has been sidelined since Aug. 28 with a strained muscle in his right rib cage and has not thrown since he was placed on the disabled list. The Rangers medical staff decided to have Francisco wait until Tuesday to begin throwing again. That gives him two weeks to get ready for the playoffs, and the Rangers are still unsure if that will be enough time. As with Josh Hamilton, the Rangers will wait right up until the last minute before making a decision on Francisco's availability for the playoffs. Clubs do not have to set their playoff rosters until midnight the day before their first game.
Manager Ron Washington said the Rangers have not yet had a formal meeting to discuss the playoff roster.