The Colorado Rockies have placed lefty starting pitcher Jeff Francis on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Even though Francis wasn’t pitching well this is a pretty big blow to the Rockies’ pitching staff. Francis has started 17 games this season for the Rockies and he is 3-7 with a 5.67 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. The Rockies have recalled veteran lefty Mark Redman from AAA to replace Francis in the rotation. Redman pitched in 7 games (6 starts) earlier in the season for the Rockies and he was 2-3 with a 7.84 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. Redman did pitch better in AAA so maybe there is a ray of hope with him. He started 9 games in AAA ball and he was 5-2 with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. If Redman doesn’t pitch better this time around the Rockies could be in deep trouble.