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Pneumonia sends Francisco back to DL

The Texas Rangers are again without closer Frank Francisco.

Francisco, who has already been on the disabled list twice for injuries, was put on the 15-day DL Monday because he is unavailable to pitch due to a mild case of pneumonia. Francisco, who first started feeling ill Saturday, wasn’t even at the ballpark.

“He was available out of the bullpen, and then it just hit him too hard,” manager Ron Washington said. “We didn’t want him around the rest of those guys.”

Francisco last pitched July 10, before the All-Star break. The move is retroactive to July 11, so the right-hander will be eligible to be reinstated Sunday.

The Rangers are in second place in the American League West, 21/2 games behind the Los Angeles Angels and 11/2 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners.

Right-hander Willie Eyre was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Wang’s rehab hits snag

Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang had a setback in his recovery from a strained right shoulder, making it unlikely he will return to the New York Yankees anytime soon.

Wang’s biceps felt tender when he played catch before Monday night’s game against Baltimore, and he won’t attempt to throw again until Friday.

“It’s not exactly the news that I wanted,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s not what you want to hear because we were hoping that two weeks’ rest is enough for him to get on a throwing program.”

The 29-year-old right-hander has not appeared in a game since July 4, when he left a start against Toronto after 5 innings.

Short hops

The injury-plagued New York Mets placed right-hander Fernando Nieve on the 15-day disabled list with a torn muscle in his right thigh. He is expected to be out at least six weeks. Outfielder Cory Sullivan was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take Nieve’s spot. Nieve injured the thigh trying to beat out a grounder in the second inning against Atlanta on Sunday night. Nieve, who is 3-3 with a 2.95 ERA, is the ninth Mets player on the DL. They have six players on the 15-day and three on the 60-day DL. … General manager Dayton Moore has given Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman a vote of confidence, saying he will return next season. The Royals (37-54) have lost six straight and eight of nine. … Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin was activated from the disabled list after missing nearly two months because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Quentin had 36 homers and 100 RBI last season in his first year with Chicago.

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