Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/12/12

Francisco Liriano hasn't pitched out the bullpen since his rookie year in 2006, and the Twins are hoping his recent move there won't last long.

"We're trying not to have it permanent," general manager Terry Ryan said Friday.

Liriano, 28, was demoted to the pen after going 0-5 with a 9.45 earned-run average in six starts.

"We're trying to get him going, to where his confidence, his command, his delivery, his mechanics, mindset are all to the point here, 'All right, it looks like it's time for us to get him back in that rotation,' " the GM said. "We hope it's not permanent."

The move was announced after a 6-2 loss to the Angels on Wednesday, one of many aimed at shaking things up for a team that took an 8-23 record into Friday's rain-delayed game against Toronto at Target Field. Third baseman Danny Valencia was optioned to Class AAA Rochester, and the Twins called up RHP P.J. Walters and OF Darin Mastroianni.

"I don't think there's anything other than what meets the eye: We weren't getting enough production," Ryan explained. "(Liriano) wasn't giving us enough of a chance, and Danny was struggling."

Valencia, who won a starting job soon after his first call-up in mid 2010, was batting .190 (19 for 100) with one home run and 11 RBI. Last season he led the Twins with 72 RBI, and he hit .311 as a rookie.

"I did impress upon him that I thought his defense was fine. I thought he made strides; I thought he was doing OK out there," Ryan said. "Unfortunately, he is really struggling with the bat and I waited as long as I could; actually I'm guessing people were wondering, 'Is he going to do something?' I wanted to give him an opportunity to work himself out of it. Didn't happen."

Trevor Plouffe has played third the past two nights, and Jamey Carroll has started 116 games at third during a 10-year career.

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