Minnesota Twins: Liriano Pitches for First Time in 18 Months

Kieran HaweAnalyst IMarch 8, 2008

The good news is that Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano pitched his first MLB game in 18 months.

The great news is that he gave up no runs and felt no pain.

Liriano underwent Tommy John surgery back on November 6th, 2006.

“I feel good. I feel strong. No pain, no soreness at all,” Liriano said. “I was a little bit nervous, but after the first hitter that went away.” Liriano went 1 2/3 innings throwing 40 pitches—he allowed two hits, a walk, and had one strikeout.

The Twins need Liriano back at full-strength, especially after losing both Johan Santana and Carlos Silva to other teams. In 2006, Liriano went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 121 innings before his season was cut short with his injury.