Francisco Liriano to DL with Strained Shoulder

After his short start yesterday against the Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has been placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder.  Scott Diamond was recalled from Triple-A to fill out the Twin’s rotation.

Liriano only made it through two innings Thursday, allowing one run on 2 hits and 3 walks.  After that point, his shoulder, that had been giving him issues earlier in the week, tightened up to the point that he was unable to return.

Minnesota hasn’t set a time frame of return for Liriano, as the club hopes to learn more today when the lefty undergoes an MRI exam.

Liriano’s been all over the place this season.  The 27 year old owned an ERA over 9 after his first 5 starts of the season before throwing a no-no against the White Sox on May 3rd.

Liriano had a solid June and mediocre July, but has again struggled in August.  Combined over his first three starts this month, Liriano allowed 15 earned runs over 17 innings on 23 hits and 10 walks.

Because Anthony Swarzak had to be called on to pitch 3.1 innings following Liriano’s short start, Diamond will take his turn in the rotation Friday in Swarzak’s normal spot.

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Tags: Anthony Swarzak Francisco Liriano Minnesota Twins Scott Diamond

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