Francisco gets chance to oppose former team

Francisco gets chance to oppose former team

ATLANTA -- The Reds' two-game series in Atlanta has given Braves third baseman Juan Francisco his first chance to play against his former team since he was traded by Cincinnati on April 1.

The Reds signed Francisco in 2004, when he was a teenager in the Dominican Republic. He steadily moved up their system and played 81 games for the Reds from 2009-11.

He also had the chance to play with Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman in Triple-A Louisville in 2010 and said Chapman is his best friend among the current Cincinnati club. Francisco said it was nice to see Chapman and the rest of his former teammates this week.

"Everybody's my friend over there," he said. "I said 'Hi.' That's about it."

Francisco didn't play Monday and wasn't in the starting lineup Tuesday, but he said he would be ready if he gets the chance.