Sun, 25 May 2014 23:16:11 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Frank Francisco was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday, May 24. Francisco subsequently refused his assignment and elected free agency.
Thu, 22 May 2014 09:09:56 -0700
The Chicago White Sox activated SP Chris Sale (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, May 22, and designated RP Frank Francisco for assignment in a corresponding move.
Wed, 21 May 2014 20:34:05 -0700
The Chicago White Sox designated RP Frank Francisco for assignment Wednesday, May 21. The move clears the way for SP Chris Sale (elbow), who will return from the 15-day disabled list.
Wed, 21 May 2014 16:11:04 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) will need to undergo surgery on his left ankle and will be out for an extended amount of time, according to manager Robin Ventura. There is no official timetable listed for Lindstrom's return, but Ventura knows it'll be more than 15 days. He is expected to pitch again this year. RP Ronald Belisario closed out a save chance in the game Tuesday, May 20.
Fantasy Tip: Belisario should be your first target for save opps, but he hasn't been that great this year and could share duties with either Daniel Webb or Frank Francisco. Unless you're in a bind in the saves column, it might be best to avoid this situation.
Wed, 21 May 2014 08:32:32 -0700
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the team won't name a closer with RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) on the disabled list. "We're not going to name a closer," Ventura said. "We have options, guys who can do it. Even guys who are pitching in the eighth could go in the ninth. We have guys who can go multiple innings."
Fantasy Tip: Ventura typically likes to torture fantasy owners with indecision on such matters. Ronald Belisario earned the first save in the absence of Lindstrom Tuesday night, and he figures to be in the lead, but it's no sure thing. Daniel Webb and Frank Francisco could also have a say when all is said and done.
Tue, 20 May 2014 11:09:25 -0700
The Chicago White Sox placed RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list with a sublexing peroneal tendon in his left ankle Tuesday, May 20, and recalled RP Javy Guerra from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Jacob Petricka filled in last night as the emergency option after Lindstrom left with the injury and picked up his first save. Petricka, however, probably won't be the best bet for most of the save opps in Lindstrom's absence. That honor will likely fall to Daniel Webb or Ronald Belisario, making either fine targets on the waiver wire if you're hunting for saves. Frank Francisco could have an opportunity to vulture some saves, too, but he comes with plenty of risk.
Sat, 10 May 2014 12:12:41 -0700
The Chicago White Sox have purchased the contract of RP Frank Francisco from Triple-A Charlotte. In a corresponding move, RP Maikel Cleto has been designated for assignment.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:14:27 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Frank Francisco will report to Triple-A Charlotte Monday, April 14. He has 73 career saves and a 3.93 ERA in close to 400 major league outings over nine seasons. The team's bullpen ERA is last in the American League at 6.93 and is tied for the league lead with 26 walks. RP Matt Lindstrom, the team's closer, has a 5.40 ERA in his first five appearances and blew the save Sunday, April 13.
Fantasy Tip: Save searchers need to put Francisco on their watch list, especially if Lindstrom continues to struggle with Nate Jones (back) on the shelf.
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:34:47 -0700
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent RP Frank Francisco (Mets) to an undisclosed deal Monday, April 14.
Fantasy Tip: Francisco brings some closing experience to a team that may be looking for an option to replace Matt Lindstrom in the ninth-inning role soon. It's unclear if Francisco will need to prove himself in the minors first before getting a shot at a late-inning role in the majors first. Saves-desperate owners in AL leagues might need to snatch him up quickly.
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:23:36 -0700
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (hand) is available Friday, Sept. 20, for the start of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies. He suffered a bruised right hand six days ago after being hit by a line drive.