Updates from Wednesday, July 9
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Francisco Liriano's return:
Updates from Tuesday, July 8
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provides an update on Francisco Liriano's status:
Liriano will return to the starting rotation prior to the All-Star break, Hurdle said. Will face #Reds, not determined which game.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) July 8, 2014
Francisco Liriano is likely heading back to Pittsburgh soon after a dominating performance in a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Indianapolis.
After shaking off some early rust, Liriano retired the final 15 batters he faced in a 1-0 win over Lehigh Valley. He struck out eight and walked none in six innings, throwing 76 pitches.
'Everything felt good and it's really good to be back,' Liriano said.
'I thought he was as good or better than he was last year because of the command of his offspeed pitches,' Indianapolis pitching coach Tom Filer said. 'Then when he can command his fastball the way he did tonight, it just makes everything that much tougher to hit because they have to guard against a 92 or 93 and then he can throw the combination of the changeup and slider, those are some lethal pitches there.
Updates from Thursday, July 3
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the latest on Francisco Liriano's recovery:
Liriano will make a rehab start for Class AAA Indianapolis Monday. Five innings/85 pitches.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) July 3, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, June 11
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed pitcher Francisco Liriano on the disabled list:
The #Pirates place LHP Francisco Liriano on the 15-day DL w/strained left oblique & recall RHP Stolmy Pimentel from his rehab assignment.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 11, 2014
The positive mood created by Gregory Polanco's MLB debut was dampened a bit after Pittsburgh Pirates starter Francisco Liriano exited the game after three innings on Tuesday. The team announced that he was suffering from discomfort in his left side:
Liriano was removed from tonight's game with discomfort in his left side.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 11, 2014
Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provided more details after the Pirates' 7-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs:
Francisco Liriano had a left oblique strain. He will almost certainly miss his next start and is a strong DL candidate— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) June 11, 2014
Liriano said he will have an MRI Wednesday. Hurdle said #Pirates need plan B in case Liriano must miss a start/go on DL— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) June 11, 2014
In his three innings on the mound, Liriano surrendered two runs on three hits, striking out four. He was replaced by Jeanmar Gomez.
Like the Pirates as a whole, Liriano has failed to recreate last season's magic. He wasn't on the hook for the decision on Tuesday, so his record remained 1-6. The three runs he gave up raised his ERA to 4.60, which is fourth in Pittsburgh's starting rotation.
The Pirates aren't exactly in a position where they can afford to lose a regular starter, though, no matter how much Liriano has struggled.
This is just one more roadblock for the team as it tries to reignite its postseason hopes.