Texas Rangers closer Frank Francisco’s right arm feels better, but he won’t be available until at least Friday.
Manager Ron Washington said Francisco’s biceps tendinitis will be reevaluated on Friday.
Francisco had a light throwing session before Wednesday night’s game against Seattle, and reported less soreness in his arm. He had an injection Monday.
C.J. Wilson, who had 24 saves last season, will handle the closer’s role in Francisco’s absence.
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Francisco leads the Rangers bullpen with nine saves in as many chances and hasn’t allowed a run in 14 appearances. He hasn’t given up an earned run since Aug. 25, 2008, a stretch of 252/3 innings.
Detroit Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman has been scheduled for his first rehab start, Saturday for Single-A West Michigan. … Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Pat Burrell was sent back to Florida so he can have his sore neck examined by team doctors. … Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner, who’s been out with right shoulder soreness, will begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Columbus. … The New York Mets will decide whether to put Carlos Delgado on the disabled list because of his injured right hip, manager Jerry Manuel said. … Joe Torre said that Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel asked him to be part of the National League coaching staff for the All-Star Game on July 14 in St. Louis. … A streaker who disrupted a New York Mets game by jumping onto Citi Field naked except for a stuffed monkey tied around his waist pleaded not guilty to trespassing charges. … The St. Louis Cardinals put outfielder Ryan Ludwick on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and recalled Nick Stavinoha from Triple-A Memphis.