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Francisco Liriano expected to make Pirates debut May 10

Apr 24, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

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Via Karen Price of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Francisco Liriano is scheduled to pitch five innings (80 pitches) on Thursday for Triple-A Indianapolis, six innings (90 pitches) on Tuesday and 100 pitches on May 5, which puts him in line for a start with the Pirates on May 10 at the New York Mets.

Liriano broke a bone in his non-throwing arm while trying to play a prank on his kids on Christmas Day. The Pirates renegotiated his two-year, $12.75 million free agent contract after that incident so that only $1 million of the deal is now guaranteed. He can make up the rest through performance-based incentives.

The 29-year-old left-hander posted a 5.34 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 167/87 K/BB ratio across 156 2/3 innings last season between the Twins and White Sox. But the Bucs believe he will be an upgrade for them.

  1. Stiller43 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Lets go bucs!! Hopefully he can bring something to the rotation.

  2. Alan Luken - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    If a 5.34 ERA and 1.47 WHIP is considered an upgrade by the organization then the team must really be hurting.

  3. jlsiberia - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    For a short period of time with the twins, he was the best pitcher in baseball

  4. ottograham - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    If anything he will bring competition to the starting rotation. The bucco’s are strong up the middle as is. With these additions and a healthy roster throughout the season we may make the playoffs.

    P.S. I have never seen a Pirates playoff series in my life.

  5. thepittsburghkid - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Thanks for trying Jonathan Sanchez but your time is up.

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