Pregame notes: Francis called up; McHugh sent back to Colorado Springs

Published: July 28, 2013, 3:37 pm, by Joe Paisley

Francis MUG

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by the oldest-living Pearl Harbor veteran, who turns 100 next week. I will have more on him later today.

Right-hander Jeff Manship (5-8, 5.46 ERA) will take on Fresno’s Austin Fleet (0-3, 4.21) on Sunday. Monday’s 12:05 p.m. start is a scheduled match-up between RHP Chris Volstad (5-3, 4.91) and Fresno righty Eric Surkamp (2-0, 4.79).

Roster shuffle

The Rockies announced they have recalled left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis from  Colorado Springs. To make room on the active roster for Francis, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh back to the Sky Sox.

Francis (No. 26) is available for today’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field.

Francis, 32, began the season on the Opening Day roster. He made 11 starts, going 2-5 with a 6.58 ERA, 17 walks and 43 strikeouts before being optioned to Triple-A  on June 20.

For the Sky Sox, Francis pitched in nine games, starting six and going 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA, striking out 32 with eight walks. A veteran of nine Major League seasons with Colorado (2004-2010, 2012-13) and Kansas City (2011), Francis has appeared in 216 career games with 215 starts, going 69-78 with a 4.93 ERA (1230.2 ip, 674 er), 365 walks and 813 strikeouts.

He threw 5.2 innings of relief, all on the road, in the past three appearances, picking up a hold., with eight hits, three earned runs, four strikeouts and two walks.

McHugh, 26, was recalled prior to yesterday’s start against the Brewers. In his season debut for the Rockies he went 5.0 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. The Berry College product was acquired from the New York Mets on June 18 for outfielder Eric Young Jr. and has gone 0-2 with a 10.50 ERA in four games, two starts, for the Mets and Rockies. In 12 career Major League games, he’s made six starts and has gone 0-6 with a 8.64 ERA.