MLB notes: Rockies may bring back Francis

Starting left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis was cut by the Reds on Monday. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters...

Starting left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis was cut by the Reds on Monday. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters file photo)

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Canadian left-hander Jeff Francis could be headed back to the Colorado Rockies after being cut Monday by the Cincinnati Reds.

Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd apparently is interested in the free agent, MLB.com reported.

Francis, 31, asked out of his minor-league deal with the Reds after going 3-6 with a 3.72 earned-run average for triple-A Louisville. He pitched a shutout Sunday against Durham.

Francis was a first-round pick of the Rockies in 2002.

The Mets also might be interested in Francis.

FORMER RED DIES

Pedro Borbon, a relief pitcher who starred with Cincinnati's Big Red Machine, died Monday at age 65.

Borbon had been battling cancer.

He played 10 years with the Reds, helping to win back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.

"The entire organization is very sad to hear of the loss of another member of our baseball family," Reds president and chief executive officer Bob Castellini said. "Pedro was an important contributor to the success of the Big Red Machine, and he always will be remembered for his colourful personality and his contributions to that wonderful time period in our history."

He is the Reds' career leader in appearances with 531. A native of the Dominican Republic, Borbon also pitched for the Angels, Giants and Cardinals in a career spanning from 1969 to 1980.

ORIOLES SLUGGER IS OK

Tests came back negative Monday on Baltimore Orioles centre fielder Adam Jones' hands and wrists.

Jones had an MRI that showed bruises but no other damage. The Orioles said via Twitter that Jones should be in the lineup Tuesday night in Boston.

Jones also confirmed via Twitter that the tests were "all good" and he was headed to Boston.

His left wrist was hit by a pitch last Wednesday in Toronto, but Jones was unsure what caused the pain in his right wrist.

"It just didn't feel right," Jones said. "I can feel it when I'm hitting."

Jones is hitting .315 with a team-leading 16 homers and 34 RBI.

BRIEFLY

Cleveland Indians catches Carlos Santana is expected to be activated before Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers. He has been on the disabled list since suffering a concussion May 25 when a foul tip hit his mask ... The Los Angeles Dodgers have reinstated outfielder/first baseman Juan Rivera from the 15-day disabled list. In 25 games with the Dodgers this season the 33-year-old is batting .247 with two home runs and 13 RBI. The Dodgers optioned outfielder Scott Van Slyke to Albuquerque ... The Minnesota Twins have placed right-handed pitcher Carl Pavano on the 15-day disabled list with right anterior capsular strain. Pavano is 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts this season for the Twins. Minnesota will reinstate right-handed pitcher Nick Blackburn from his rehab assignment at triple-A Rochester.


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