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Francisco Liriano


Liriano will see doctors later this week to guage the progress of his injured pitching arm. Liriano has been on the DL with elbow and arm inflammation. "My shoulder is getting better," Liriano said. "I feel better. ... We want to make sure everything's good before I come back."


The Minnesota Twins expect to put Liriano on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday to recover from what the team says is muscular inflammation in his throwing elbow. The move would be retroactive to Tuesday.


The Minnesota Twins will likely put Liriano on the DL according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. After missing his turn in the rotation last week because of soreness in his throwing forearm, the Twins left-hander lasted just four innings on Monday, allowing four runs and 10 hits in the team's 9-3 loss."You want percentages, it would be 99.999 that he would go on the disabled list," Gardenhire said before the Twins' game at Detroit on Tuesday.


Liriano, who was skipped from a Wednesday start with inflammation in the forearm muscle, is scheduled to make his next start on Monday at Detroit.


An exam on Liriano's sore left elbow Thursday showed the injury is muscle-related and not due to problems with any ligaments, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The Minnesota Twins pitcher missed his scheduled start Wednesday, but said he'll make his next scheduled start on Sunday.


Status: Liriano was scratched from Wednesday's start with the Twins because of discomfort in his left forearm. After experiencing discomfort in a bullpen session on Monday the team had him undergo an MRI and the results showed there was nothing to be too concerned about. He is expected to make a start next Monday against the Detroit Tigers.


Liriano fanned 10 in five innings as the Twins tied a 40-year-old team record with 17 strikeouts overall in a 3-1 win over the Indians on Sunday. Liriano gave up one run and four hits while walking three. It was his third double-digit strikeout game this season.


Liriano allowed one unearned run and three hits in 8 2-3 innings of the Twins' 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday.


Liriano was added to the AL All-Star team on Monday, replacing Chicago's Jose Contreras, who pitched Sunday and would not have been available to pitch. The Minnesota left-hander is 10-1 with a 1.83 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season and is the first rookie since the Mets' Jerry Koosman in 1968 to have 10 wins and a sub-2.00 ERA before the All-Star break.


Liriano struck out a career-high 12 batters and allowed only three hits in Minnesota's 8-0 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday. The 22-year-old lefty phenom has been one of the keys to the Twins resurgence, as Minnesota has won 10 straight and 20 of its last 22.


Liriano, Minnesota's 22-year-old phenom, pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night in 43-year-old Roger Clemens' much-anticipated debut.


Liriano allowed only one hit and struck out six in seven innings against the Baltimore Orioles, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning. This was the Minnesota Twins left-hander's fifth start this season after beginning the year in the bullpen.


The Minnesota Twins have moved Liriano into the rotation after right-hander Carlos Silva struggled once again in the Twins' 9-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox Sunday night. The 22-year-old left-hander, one of the top pitching prospects in the game, is 1-0 with a save and a 3.22 ERA in 12 relief appearances this season. He has fanned 32 in 22 1/3 innings and has walked only four.


Liriano was charged with drunken driving Thursday in Cape Coral, Florida. The 22-year-old left-hander, one of the top pitching prospects in the game, is competing for a job with the Twins. Initial reports suggest the DUI charge may not hinder his chances of making the big league club.


The Minnesota Twins released veteran left-hander Darrell May over the weekend, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that Liriano may have secured a job in the Twins' bullpen with May's departure. The paper reports that Liriano is likely to be used in long relief instead of facing one or two hitters as a lefty specialist.


Liriano made his first major league start this afternoon against the Detroit Tigers, allowing two runs on two hits over five innings while striking out six. He departed with a 2-1 lead and received no decision in the Twins' eventual 4-3 loss.


With Carlos Silva aggravating a knee injury that is likely to end his season, Liriano may have an opportunity to take a regular turn in the Minnesota rotation through the end of the season. The talented lefthander, acquired from San Francisco in the A.J. Pierzynski trade in November 2003, will get a chance to show his stuff in anticipation of competing for big league rotation spot next spring.


The Minnesota Twins recalled Liriano from Triple-A Rochester on Friday. The top-flight pitching prospect, a 21-year-old lefthander who draws comparisons to Twins ace Johan Santana, dominated at Rochester after a midseason promotion. In 14 starts there, he was 9-2 with a 1.78 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 91 innings. He allowed just 56 hits and 24 walks.