With Francis, old news is good news
One day into Spring Training, Jeff Francis insists he is old news.
Francis, who missed last year because of shoulder surgery, was one of the first pitchers to throw a bullpen session at Friday’s initial workout for Rockies pitchers and catchers. It went well. He and the Rockies got as much out of it as possible when a guy is throwing to a catcher, with no hitter.
Francis was nice about it, but clear: He didn’t want to be interviewed after every throwing session. He realizes that a guy who won 17 games in 2007 and has battled issues since is going to be watched closely. But there’s plenty of time for intense scrutiny, under game conditions.
“It feels good,” Francis said. “My arm felt great. I’m just working on my delivery, trying to get more comfortable with it. I’ll try to get more work on the mound without a ball every day, try to get used to my delivery.
“It feels like my arm again. It’s not me overcompensating for anything. I’m not hesitating with any pain. My arm is doing what it’s there to do. It’s just a matter of getting more comfortable mechanically, throwing the ball more efficiently.”