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Liriano leaves first start in month with elbow pain

Associated Press


MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano, making his first start in more than a month, left in the third inning of Wednesday's game with left elbow pain.


Francisco Liriano



Liriano came off the disabled list earlier this week after being shelved since Aug. 8 with a strained ligament in his throwing arm. The Twins hoped his return to the starting rotation would be the boost they needed to carry them to the postseason.


The 22-year-old Dominican went 12-3 with a 2.19 ERA and was one of the favorites for the AL rookie of the year award before injuring his arm. Before, he combined with ace Johan Santana to form one of the most formidable one-two punches in the majors.


He breezed through the first two innings on Wednesday against Oakland, throwing just 22 pitches. But after giving up a bloop single to Nick Swisher to start the third inning, Liriano came off the mound awkwardly after throwing a ball to Bobby Kielty.


Team trainers and manager Ron Gardenhire came out to look at Liriano while the home crowd held its breath. After a short meeting, Liriano was pulled from the game and replaced by fellow rookie Matt Garza.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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Guest FishFanInPA

Bad news but I think they'll be fine if Radke can come back as well....When you have a guy like Johan whose almost a guaranteed win, your fine....Just need Silva or Baker to step up.

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you can't really blame him on the Twins, for two reasons:

1. they developed him into the pitcher he's become...had he stayed in the Giants organization, he wouldn't have done jack sh*t in the majors because our minor league system sucks at developing players

2. he's always had a history of injury problems...the Giants gave up on him and basically gave him away because of it...he had injury after injury after injury while in our farm system...he missed big chunks of 2001 and 2002, and almost all of 2003, which is why Sabean gave up on him

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