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Rotowire: Apr 19 / 6:55a ET
News: Francis had his contract selected from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.
Impact: Francis began the year strong for the Bisons, allowing just two hits and no earned runs over five innings in his first start of 2015. He'll provide the Jays with another left-handed arm out of the pen, but is unlikely to see much time in high-leverage situations in the short term.
StatsLLC: Apr 19 / 12:00a ET
News: The Blue Jays have optioned left-hander Colt Hynes to Triple-A Buffalo and called up Francis from Triple-A.
Impact: Francis was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one start at Buffalo. Colorado's first round pick in the 2002 draft, the 10-year veteran has also pitched for Kansas City, Cincinnati, Oakland and the New York Yankees. Francis is the third Canadian-born player on Toronto's roster, joining catcher Russell Martin and outfielder Dalton Pompey. Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders (left knee) is on the disabled list.
Rotowire: Mar 31 / 7:38a ET
News: Francis did not make the Opening Day roster, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Impact: As expected, Francis will open his season with Triple-A Buffalo serving as organizational depth.