Rockies Shut Down Pitcher Jeff Francis

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The Colorado Rockies have shut down left-hander Jeff Francis for the rest of the year.

The team made the announcement after Tuesday night's game. Francis was scheduled to start Wednesday against San Diego. Livan Hernandez will start in his place.

The Rockies said sitting Francis, who is 4-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts this year, is a precaution and not due to an injury. Francis was on the 15-day disabled June 29-Aug. 6 with left shoulder inflammation.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle says the move is precautionary.

Francis acknowledged he had experienced soreness in his shoulder in his last two starts.

In 2007, Francis emerged as the staff ace after going 17-9 with a 4.22 ERA and helping the Rockies reach the World Series.