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Francisco Liriano moving back into Twins’ rotation Wednesday

May 26, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

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It turns out that Francisco Liriano‘s stint as a reliever won’t even last three weeks.

On the heels of Anthony Swarzak being knocked around for six runs over just 3 1/3 innings last night against the Tigers, the Twins will move Liriano back into the starting rotation Wednesday against the Athletics.

Liriano was removed from the rotation earlier this month after beginning the season 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA and 21/19 K/BB ratio over six starts. He wasn’t much better out of the bullpen, posting a 4.91 ERA and 9/7 K/BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that he hopes the southpaw can add some stability to a rotation which has experienced quite a bit of turnover recently.

“We liked the way he was handling himself out there, and he needs to get back out there,” Gardenhire said. “We need him in our rotation. We can’t just keep bouncing around from guy to guy.”

Liriano has a 5.77 ERA over 168 1/3 innings dating back to the start of the 2011 season, so there’s not much optimism for a return to form, but he could draw some trade interest if he enjoys some success. The 28-year-old is due to hit free agency following the season.

  1. Ben - May 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Oh hey, the Twins mess with Francisco Liriano. Again.
    Please just trade him, for his own sake.

    • rooney24 - May 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      I have to believe they would already have traded him if they could get anything.

  2. mikeincmn - May 26, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    The Twins may not have always handled him the best, but they arent totally at fault here. Chances are he would reject being sent down and Liriano is a huge headcase it seems. Twins havent helped him a ton, but he hasnt helped himself either.

  3. dumptrucked - May 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    The fact is that Billy Smith missed a prime opportunity last year in spring training to dump Liriano on the Yankees in return for something. Liriano is untradeable, Twins may have to just waive him but if I were the Twins I would try to trade him for a good aged scotch that I can drink and reminisce about when our pitching was a strength and there was hope… Hope of getting to the first round of playoffs to be swept by the Yanks.

  4. bkunza - May 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Exactly what is it that they liked about him out there? He has horrible mechanics and he did nothing to earn a promotion to the starting rotation. Trade him for a box of balls and get over with it.

  5. monkeyhateclean - May 27, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Another guy like Wood who’s throwing motion lent to early self-destruction. Twins should have seen this a million miles away, and deserve every dollar squandered on this guy.

    • Cris E - May 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      This is not a health issue, and this isn’t a money issue: his arm is healthy and he really isn’t going to make a ton of money until next year. It was going on before and after his no-hitter last year, and his stuff is still terrific. No, this situation is totally going on within Francisco’s hat. He gets excited, he gets off his game plan, and he overthrows so it’s either out of the strikezone or dead straight and he gets crushed. When he stays on an even keel and just pitches he can roll, but at this point the staff in MN has only managed to identify the problem and seems to be out of ideas for dealing with it. He needs a new voice, and he’s probably only going to get it in another organization.

  6. lordfletcher - May 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Liriano can’t throw strikes. No matter how sick your pitches can be, you still have to put it over the plate… He cannot do that anymore and it’s time to just let him walk… the issue is, we have to keep giving him chances because we have nothing else to insert into the roster.

    Twins rebuild year 2 of 5

  7. big35hurt - May 28, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    A USELESS pitcher on a USELESS team. It’s funny how we haven’t had to hear about the “great fundamentals” that the Twins have under Gardenhire lately. Truth is, Johan Santana and the boys made Gardy look good even though he can’t manager worth a shit….

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