Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/15/14
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The Pirates winter took a half step back today, as they "put on hold" their plans to sign free agent lefthander Francisco Liriano.  Liriano apparently injured his right (non-throwing) arm in late December.  Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington could not reveal the nature nor severity of the injury, citing medical privacy laws according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviews' Rob Biertempfel.   The former Twins and White Sox hurler was expected to sign a two-year contract, and to vie for as high as a three slot in the Pirates rotation. But for now, Huntington says, “We continue to have dialogue with Francisco‘s (agent), but there is nothing to announce at this time.” Liriano has a 53-54 lifetime record.  His career started with a sparkling 12-3 rookie year.  Arm troubles have kept him from ever pitching 200 innings in a single season, and the last two seasons Liriano had losing records and ERA's above 5.00. Liriano had never been officially announced as a Pirate. Certainly, the Pirates front office will do a lot more homework on the 29-year-old Dominican native."We announce and acknowledge transactions when they are official," Huntington said. "News of any agreement never came from us."  That sounds like back peddling to me. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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