Minnesota Twins: Liriano Not Sharp in First Minor League Start

Andrew KneelandSenior Writer IApril 4, 2008

Francisco Liriano, who is playing catch-up while on a minor league stint, pitched for the Class-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

Here's what his final line looked like:

IP       H     R     ER     SO     BB     HR
5.1     6     4      4       8       2      0


Four runs on six hits is never good news, his strikeout-to-walk ratio is reason to be excited.
He kept the ball in the park, while keeping control on his pitches at the same time.

He didn't get very far into the game, but that could've simply been a managerial decision.

Back at the Metrodome, Kevin Slowey strained his bicep during his start of Thursday. This is not good news, but it could possibly alter the starting rotation in a good way.

Liriano could come back before Slowey completely heals, and that might be the best for the Twins.

That would make the rotation Hernandez, Liriano, Bonser, Blackburn, and Baker.

After Slowey healed, I would send Bonser down to the minors, and keep Blackburn for another start of two.

This would never happen, as Blackburn would be the first to be sent down to Triple-A.