Francisco Liriano is set to come off the disabled list and make his Pittsburgh Pirates debut Saturday against the New York Mets.
The left-hander has been sidelined all season while recovering from a broken right arm. He made five minor league rehab starts - three for Triple-A Indianapolis - and struck out 33 with four walks in 21 2-3 innings. He was 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA.
Pittsburgh planned to clear a roster spot after Friday night's game or early Saturday. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the 29-year-old Liriano won't be on a strict pitch count after throwing 98 on Sunday in his third outing for Indianapolis.
''We're looking forward to getting him on a mound and see what the major league hitters tell us, him getting back in this environment, and see where it goes,'' Hurdle said.
The team hopes Liriano can help fortify a rotation minus injured James McDonald and left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who was released Wednesday.
Liriano and the Pirates agreed on a $12.75 million, two-year...