Chair thrower gets another chance to hurl for Rangers

SEATTLE -- The Texas Rangers on Friday recalled right-hander Frank Francisco, who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for throwing a chair that broke the nose of an Oakland Athletics female fan two years ago.

He was sentenced to a work program and anger management classes.

Manager Buck Showalter said before Friday night's game that he plans to use Francisco in the final weeks of the season.

The 26-year-old had spent this season in the minor leagues after undergoing ligament replacement surgery in April 2005. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since Sept. 17, 2004.

This season, he pitched in 13 games and 14 2/3 innings for Double-A Frisco, where he had no record with a 1.84 ERA, and four games and 4 innings at Class A Spokane, where he had no record and no ERA.

In 2004, Francisco pitched in 45 games for the Rangers, compiling a 5-1 record with a 3.33 ERA.

On Sept. 13, 2004, Francisco threw the chair in the stands during a loss to the A's at Oakland after a group of fans seated near the bullpen began heckling players. The chair hit Jennifer Bueno of Livermore, Calif., whose husband, Craig, was among the hecklers. The chair broke her nose.