Francisco Liriano to return on Wednesday
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins on Monday activated rookie phenom Francisco Liriano from the 15-day disabled list.
Liriano, who has drawn comparisons to 2004 Cy Young Award winner and teammate Johan Santana, has taken the American League by storm this season, going 12-3 with a 2.19 ERA. However, he has been on the disabled list since Aug. 8 with a strained ligament in his left elbow.
The 22-year-old left-hander is expected to start Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics.
Liriano pitched three scoreless innings on a rehabilitation assignment for Triple-A Rochester on Saturday in an International League playoff contest against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He allowed no hits and one walk while striking out four. He threw 25 of 40 pitches for strikes.
After taking three of four this past weekend against Detroit, Minnesota (83-59) moved within two games of the AL Central leaders. The Twins are 1½ games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the wild-card race.
The Twins are smoking hot and are getting back their other ace. This is a very dangerous team.
Like the burger joint Liriano was in 'n out. His season is through. Elbows are a b!tch.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Francisco Liriano has heard plenty about Cy Young during a spectacular rookie season.
Now that he is out for the rest of the season, another pitcher might be entering the conversation -- Tommy John.
Liriano's highly anticipated return to the Minnesota rotation came to a sudden halt because of elbow problems Wednesday and Dan Haren pitched eight shutout innings, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Twins 1-0.
"Obviously he won't be pitching again," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Something is in there bothering and continuing to stop him. ... Obviously when he gets in game and puts a little extra torque in there, something is not right. We have to make sure we stop it and do what we have to do."
The Twins' lead in the AL wild-card race was cut to 1½ games by Chicago, which beat Los Angeles 9-0.
Pitching for the first time in more than a month, Liriano slumped off the mound in the third inning. Trainers and Gardenhire immediately rushed out to attend to the All-Star lefty and a hush fell over the crowd that had been so excited to see him back in action.
"The last two pitches I threw, I felt a pop and it really hurts," Liriano said.
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