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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Francisco faces batters for first time

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- For the first time in camp, Frank Francisco faced batters Saturday morning.

Francisco, who has been suffering from elbow inflammation, threw a 25-pitch batting practice. He described himself afterward as "really sore" but not alarmed.

"I expect to be sore," he said. "It hurts."

Francisco expects to be in a game during the upcoming week. Dan Warthen believes that will come on the minor league side.

Francisco will open the season on the disabled list.