Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano is scheduled to pitch five innings today for the team's Triple-A affiliate. If all continues to go well with his rehab, this puts Liriano in line to return to the Pirates and start their May 10 contest against the New York Mets, according to Karen Price of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
After today's appearance, Liriano would next be slated to take the mound on Tuesday for Triple-A Indianapolis. During that contest, the Pirates would be looking for six innings or 90 pitches out of him. He'd then be expected to hit the 100-pitch mark by May 5, which would like him up for a May 10 start. Ideally, this will come against the Mets.
Liriano has yet to make his Pirates' debut, as he's been sidelined since the winter with a broken bone in his non-throwing arm. He sustained the injury in an interesting way, and it cost him millions of guaranteed dollar bills.
Last season for the Minnesota Twins, Liriano posted an ERA of 5.34 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.92 over 156 2/3 innings. Pittsburgh's hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with the enigmatic starter.
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