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Francisco Liriano could be bullpen bound after latest loss

Apr 22, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

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While the Twins weren’t ready to reveal their exact plans, they said after Sunday’s loss to the Rays that they’d “take a step back” with Francisco Liriano after he gave up five runs and fell to 0-3 on the season.

Liriano, who had an outstanding spring after tuning up in winter ball, is 0-3 with an 11.02 ERA after four starts. He has a 12/13 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings. Liriano finished up March with a 2.33 ERA and an exceptional 33/5 K/BB ratio in 29 innings.

After two hitless innings to start the afternoon, Liriano walked two and hit a batter to begin the third. The Rays went on to score twice without the benefit of a hit. Liriano was unlucky in the fourth, as Evan Longoria was credited with a catwalk double on a ball that would have caught elsewhere. He later came around to score. Still, Liriano has mostly made his own bed this season.

If the Twins sent Liriano to the pen, it’d hopefully be a temporary measure. Anthony Swarzak could swap places with him or the team could call up Scott Diamond from Triple-A to fill the rotation spot.

  1. oberg435 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    what is this guys deal

    • racksie - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:25 AM

      He’s an idiot. Bert Blyleven said he talked to him an gave him some advice. And the over riding belief, is he won’t listen to anyone. He needs to grow up.

  2. btwicey - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Calling him an idiot is a bit harsh bro…. He’s a bad bball player, don’t get personal

    • Cris E - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Quite the contrary, bro: he can be an amazing bball player but frequently isn’t for no good reason. His issues are in his hat. The Twins have been remarkably patient with him: they’ve tried lots of different approaches, they’ve been mean and kind, different catchers, extra rest, everything short of firing the coaches. In the end he gets spooked by a hit or a misplay by the defense and he gets away from what works.

  3. azvikefan - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I can’t believe how bad he looks now after such a great sprin. Twins need to ditch him.He’s got a head problem.

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