Twins to skip struggling Liriano’s start
The Minnesota Twins have decided to skip struggling left-hander
Francisco Liriano’s next turn and give him eight days to refocus
before he starts again.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Monday he had a long talk with
Liriano, who emerged ”really confident” in the plan.
Gardenhire says he doesn’t want to make Liriano a reliever, even
temporarily. So he’ll throw bullpen sessions Thursday and Saturday
and return to the rotation May 1 when the Twins visit the Los
Liriano is 0-3 with an 11.02 ERA in four starts after his latest
collapse Sunday. Opponents are hitting .368 against him, and he has
walked 13 batters in 16 1/3 innings.
The Twins also scratched second baseman Alexi Casilla from the
lineup Monday night against Boston because of an illness.