Will Yoder
Monday April 2nd, 2012

The Cincinnati Reds will send starting pitcher Jeff Francis to Triple-A to begin the season, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.

“I kind of told him that the other day,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “There’s still a possibility he could pitch in the bullpen but we decided to send him there because we need to have a starter available in case something happens. He pitched well enough where he would certainly be that guy. He had a good spring other than that one outing.”

Francis was a non-roster invitee to Reds camp this season, and posted a 6.65 ERA in five spring games. The 31-year-old posted a 6-16 record with a 4.82 ERA for the Kansas City Royals in 2011. His best year came in 2007 when he posted a 17-9 record and a 4.22 ERA for the Colorado Rockies at the age of 26. He finished ninth in the National League Cy Young voting that season.

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