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Liriano plays catch, left shoulder checks out fine

Feb 20, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

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Twins starter Francisco Liriano skipped a scheduled bullpen session Friday because he had a bit of tightness in his throwing shoulder. For a guy with his injury history, any kind of abnormal discomfort is concerning, but he is going to survive this little issue.

According to Phil Mackey of Minneapolis’ ESPN 1500 AM, Liriano checked out fine this morning in an examination by doctors.

He even played catch from 120 feet and told reporters that he is hoping to throw a bullpen session within the next couple of days.

Liriano, 27, went 14-10 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 31 starts last season. He struck out an ace-like 201 batters in 191.2 innings and is expected to serve as the Twinkies’ No. 1 starter this year.

Gleeman touched on Liriano’s impending free agency and failed extension talks last week.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    With his history a little shoulder stiffness here and there means a reduction in the potential asking price the Twins will be looking for if they decide to trade him.

    • dluxxx - Feb 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      He ain’t getting traded.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2011 at 6:38 PM

        I guess we will just have to wait and see.

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