The lineup card is up in the Rangers clubhouse and it includes RHP Willie Eyre in the bullpen, but no mention of RHP Frank Francisco. So far, no official word from the Rangers, but Francisco was unavailable yesterday due to flu-like systems. He hasn’t pitched since July 10, so the Rangers could place him on the DL today, retroactive to the 11th and he’d be eligible on Saturday when the team is in Kansas City.
Francisco was first bothered by flu-like symptoms on Saturday night and the situation got progressively worse on Sunday. He was unavailable to pitch in Sunday’s 5-3 12-inning win over Minnesota. He was told not to report to the ballpark on Monday. If the Rangers have a save opportunity on Monday, it’s likely they will turn to LHP C.J. Wilson, even though he threw 28 pitches in two innings of work on Sunday.