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MRI postpones Francisco's 'pen session

MRI postpones Francisco's 'pen session

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ARLINGTON -- Injured Rangers reliever Frank Francisco had a third MRI done Tuesday on the strained muscle in his right rib cage, preventing him from throwing a scheduled bullpen session.

The Rangers were waiting on the test results before deciding when Francisco will able to throw from a mound. The team is running out of time to get Francisco ready for its first-round playoff series which starts on Oct. 6.

Francisco said Monday that pitching in the postseason would fulfill a dream of his. He threw back-to-back days from flat ground over the weekend, but Tuesday's MRI -- he had his last one two weeks ago -- appears to be a setback in Francisco's attempt to pitch in a game before the regular season ends on Sunday.

Francisco last pitched for the Rangers on Aug. 27.

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