Frank Francisco out for first round of playoffs

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Frank Francisco's MRI was improved, but, according to manager Ron Washington, Francisco still can't get on a mound. That eliminates him from the postseason roster.

The plan is for Francisco to keep throwing off flat ground and go to Arizona, where he can get on a mound and face some hitters. Teams are allowed to reset their 25-man rosters after each series, so if Francisco progresses enough, he could get consideration for the ALCS should the Rangers win their divisional playoff series.

Washington said the club had look at all scenarios for the postseason, including not having Francisco on the roster, in its meeting on Tuesday. They do not have to decide on the final 25-man roster until 11 p.m. Dallas time next Tuesday, prior to the Wednesday's Game 1 in either Tampa Bay or New York.