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Francisco Liriano fractured right arm in a “bathroom fall”

Jan 22, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

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The Pirates re-worked some language this week in Francisco Liriano‘s two-year, $12.75 million free agent contract because of an undisclosed right arm fracture that he suffered in late December.

Now there’s a bit more information about how that injury happened courtesy of beat writer Tom Singer and the newspaper El Caribe:

The mystery of Francisco Liriano’s broken right arm received some unsubstantiated clarification recently with a newspaper in his native Dominican Republic reporting he suffered it in a bathroom fall.

According to, the newspaper’s website, Liriano fell days after the Dec. 21 agreement on his original two-year, $12.75 million contract with the Pirates, fracturing the humerus bone in the upper arm.

Citing a “source close to the player,” the report said Liriano’s right arm is in a cast. The report included no other details as to where or how exactly the left-handed pitcher had fallen.

Liriano is a left-handed pitcher, so the injury shouldn’t affect his ability to be ready for the start of the 2013 regular season. Which is why the total value of his initially-agreed-to $12.75 million deal did not change.

The 29-year-old will simply make a lesser salary in 2013 if the fracture somehow limits him.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    But if he just kinda sucks, you know, like last year and the year before…can someone just hit him in the arm and blame it on that to save some dough?

  2. halohonk - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Tough break!

  3. chacochicken - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    That is all you need to know about Liriano. He is so inconsistent he could fall three more times and completely miss his arm.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I know a guy whose arm was broken by his brother when they were teenagers.

    Point being….I can’t effing believe someone is paying Liriano $13,000,000 to be terrible.

    Seriously…..I was shocked when marginal outfielders were starting to pull down $10m/year contracts… this?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Oh wait, I should also add…..I wouldn’t pay $13,000,000 to someone who can’t even manage to balance on the farkin toilet.

  5. paul621 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Probably from a lack of adhesive ducks.

  6. mj1818 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Lol buckfutter funny comments. I’m a pirates fan and have constantly questioned their moves. I wouldn’t mind this signing if it wasn’t such a high dollar amount, but then again it could be worth it who knows.

  7. steelers88 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Heard he might be out half the season so why?!? Would the Pirates sign him.

  8. jarathen - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    I smell cover up. I bet he was going out to refill the bird feeders with a breakfast burrito when he dropped it in the creek, and fell over trying to retrieve it.

  9. dluxxx - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    This would have been a better story if it was broken in a “Barroom Brawl” instead. Maybe they misinterpreted it?

  10. bravojawja - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Is “unsubstantiated clarification” like “jumbo shrimp”?

  11. theonlynolan - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I once fractured my tail bone while slipping on some wet tiles in the bathroom. Trust me when I tell you, there’s nothing humerus about it.

    • anxovies - Jan 23, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      When I was in college I broke my arm when they threw me out of a bar. The bouncers seemed to get a big laugh over it.

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