Rangers plan 3-man starting rotation in playoffs

The Texas Rangers likely will use a three-man starting rotation

in the playoffs, though the postseason availability of one of their

setup relievers is more in doubt.

Frank Francisco was scheduled to throw a bullpen session

Tuesday, but instead had his third MRI. The right-hander has been

on the disabled list since Aug. 28 because of a muscle strain in

his right side.

The Rangers are waiting for the MRI results before determining

the next step for Francisco.

As for the starters, the Rangers plan to go with left-handers

Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson and right-hander Colby Lewis in the

playoffs with Tommy Hunter likely working out of the bullpen.

Manager Ron Washington says Hunter will work a game in relief this

week.