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And the hits keep on coming: Twins scratch Francisco Liriano due to sore shoulder

May 28, 2011, 12:05 AM EDT

Francisco Liriano AP

After blowing a 5-0 lead and losing to the Angels 6-5 on Friday, the Twins had more bad news for their fans, announcing that Francisco Liriano would be scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to a sore shoulder.

Anthony Swarzak will take his place.

Liriano, who pitched a no-hitter against the White Sox earlier this month, is just 3-5 with a 5.73 ERA this season, though he has turned in quality starts three of his last four times out.  Manager Ron Gardenhire said he hopes Liriano will just miss the one start.

Swarzak lost his one start for the Twins this year, giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Rays last month.  He’s 3-9 with a 6.41 ERA lifetime in 13 starts and two relief appearances for Minnesota.

If Liriano lands on the DL, it will be for the first time since Aug. 2009.  He missed three weeks then with left arm fatigue.  Previously, he sat out the entire 2007 season following Tommy John surgery.

  1. Tim's Neighbor - May 28, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    We’re sure that this is a bad thing? (Says the guy with Liriano on his fantasy team)

  2. mvpolamalu - May 28, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    I traded liriano for Jamie Garcia and Josh Tomlin at the beginning of the season. I new he would suck this year

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