Francisco to DL.
According to multiple local reports, Frankie Francisco will miss the Red Sox series with a case of walking pneumonia. He’s being placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to his last appearance on July 11, making him eligible to return to action on Saturday, the club’s second game in Kansas City. C.J. Wilson stands to be tonight’s closer, if needed, despite throwing 28 (super-awesome) pitches last night.
The Rangers will recall righthander Willie Eyre to replace Francisco. I’d speculated in last night’s report that Eyre could be on his way to town, but that was before knowing that Francisco wasn’t even available to pitch in the 12-inning win, in which the bullpen provided eight innings of shutout ball.
Of less immediate note but interesting nonetheless is today’s promotion of lefthander Corey Young, last summer’s 12th-round pick, from Bakersfield to Frisco. If you’ve been on the mailing list for any length of time, you know Young is a favorite of mine to shoot through the system quickly. His Blaze ERA was 2.29 (46 strikeouts and 18 walks in 39.1 relief innings) with an impressive 2.00 G/F, and left-handed Cal League hitters managed a .130/.254/.130 slash line off of him in 54 at-bats. (Yes, the identical batting average and slug mean he hasn’t allowed an extra-base hit to a left-handed hitter all season.)
Righthander Beau Vaughan goes back to Oklahoma City to make room for Young and to replace Eyre in the RedHawks’ bullpen.