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Francisco Liriano is out of the White Sox rotation for now

Sep 12, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

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When the White Sox bumped Francisco Liriano from his start tonight in favor of Gavin Floyd, it was supposed to be a two-day move, with Liriano possibly pitching out of the pen against the Tigers and then starting Friday against the Twins.

That plan is out the window now. The White Sox announced that they’d go with Hector Santiago, Jose Quintana and Jake Peavy as their starters this weekend.

Liriano gave up hits to the only two batters he faced last night in his first relief appearance for the White Sox and was charged with two runs. He’s 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA in his eight starts since coming over from the Twins in July. He did pitch six strong innings against the Twins on July 31, allowing two runs and striking out eight in a no-decision, but the White Sox are obviously focusing more in on his recent struggles.

Santiago, who opened the season as the White Sox’s closer, will be making his third start of the year in Liriano’s place Friday. He beat the Twins on Sept. 3 by allowing one run in five innings, and he pitched four scoreless innings against the Royals on Sunday.

As for Liriano, he appears to have run out of time to impress potential suitors as he heads into free agency. There will certainly be teams willing to give him a shot this winter, but after back-to-back seasons with ERAs over 5.00, he’ll likely have to accept a modest one-year deal.

  1. spudatx - Sep 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Liriano has struggled with maintaining his physical conditioning, pitching consistency and concentration for years. There appears to still be some great potential in his arm, but it doesn’t seem likely to emerge with enough frequency to have him on the mound as a starter. If he wants to stay in baseball, he’s going to need to consider a modest 1-year deal with the expectation that he’ll end up in the bullpen if he fails to wow coaches in spring training.

  2. drsteller - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Big surprise. As a Twins fan, I was glad to see this guy go. Frustratingly inconsistent.

    • Cris E - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Sure, but if the Twins could sign him to a one year deal for $2m plus incentives I’d take him back without a second thought.

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