If you haven't already heard the news about Colorado Rockies "ace" pitcher, then you're not paying enough attention.
The Canadian lefty has announced that he will under go explorator surgery on Wednesday effectively eliminating any chance of seeing him pitch this season.
After watching a tape of him throwing a bullpen session, Jeff had this to say, "It didn't look anywhere close. I was really disappointed. "There is obviously something going on."
"I had no arm speed, my arm was short and the arm action was short and I was not powerful at all," he said.
Francis said it was bad time of year to make the decision, but "I think it is a necessary one."
"I could put damage on something else. I could put strain on an elbow," he said. "I just want to go out there and be the pitcher I can, and I don't think in the state I am in right now I could do that. It would not be fair to me and it would not be fair to the team."
Which brings to mind, why would he wait until Spring Training to come to this conclusion? Was he not busy working out in the off season, did he not feel any pain then? Wouldn't you take that course of action? Get the proceedure done and over with as soon as possible?
With that being said, I had pegged Jeff Francis as a nice bounce back candidate for the 2009 season.
With a 2008 line of 4-10, 5.01era, 1.48whip, 94k, 49bb he was surely to be forgot after such a disappointing season. I was looking past that, looking past the injury, seeing the pitcher of yester-year.
After posting an impressive 2007 stat line of 17-9, 4.22era, 1.38whip, 165k, 63bb, 215.1 IP, I was more then willing to wager a late round pick on a bounce back season. Combine that with a decent finish to the season (7GS, 1-3, 3.54era, 1.34whip, 27k, 9bb), I had all the indications that Jeff Francis had returned to full health, and was ready to be a great "sleeper" pick for this season.
All for nought this season, just another reason why you can't trust pitchers.