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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Francisco Liriano Leaves Today’s Start With Flu-Like Symptoms

Francisco Liriano left today’s start early in the bottom of the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. Liriano came out to pitch the third inning, and went to a 3-0 count to Tyler Lyons. That’s when Clint Hurdle and a trainer ran out to the mound to check on Liriano, followed by his removal from the game.

The Cardinals announcers said they didn’t see anything wrong with Liriano, and speculated that it could be sickness or dizziness. No word yet from the Pirates on the reason for Liriano’s early departure. You’d hope it would be something like sickness, since that wouldn’t have any long-term impacts. If Liriano is actually injured, then the Pirates would be looking at Jeff Locke or Stolmy Pimentel to take his place. Pimentel came on to relieve Liriano.

UPDATE 5:58 PM: The Pirates have announced that Liriano left the game with dizziness and flu-like symptoms. So that’s good news, as it means he probably won’t miss his next start.

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Good news

Daryl Restly

I still believe this team is much better than what they’ve been playing at of late. The injury bug (Wandy, Martin and Grilli), the lack of offense and the struggles by Alvarez, a bullpen not being as crisp as last year, namely Grilli. I think Cumpton should get every chance from here on out to see what he’s got. Same goes with T. Sanchez. The future is now. Wandy ain’t going to be around next season, Neither is Martin and I doubt that Grilli is around next season. How ironic those 3 guys are currently on the DL. The Pirates are plenty deep with talent. It’s just time to give some of the younger guys an opportunity to show what they can do. Much like the Pirates did last year with Jordy Mercer, when it became apparent that Clint Barmes couldn’t handle the every day SS job.
Ultimately, Neal Huntingdon and Clint Hurdle have to trust the talent they’ve amassed in the minor leagues too along with the player development plan in place. Otherwise, what is the point of stockpiling all that talent if you’re not going to use it?

Tacho Bill

TJ time!

Steve Zielinski

Well, I expected 2014 to be a consolidation season, a time in which the team would build on the gains seen in 2013 while playing somewhere closer to their ‘true’ talent level — about 85 wins, give or take a few. But if Liriano proves to be injured, we may seen the Pirates picking somewhere in the 10-20 range in the 2015 draft. I hope it becomes clear soon whether the Pirates have what it takes to compete for the playoffs. If it does, then the organization can chart a course based on fairly sound knowledge about the team’s future.


SZ: Consolidation is an excellent term for 2014; mine was transition from the rental players to the drafted and/or developed. Due to injuries and surgeries, we may see some serious wheeling and dealing during this season, but we definitely need Liriano full time into July, and it is great news that it was only flu-like symptoms. However, Stolmy Pimental was very strong, epecially striking out Molina on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded in the 3rd. Had he given in, it most likely would have given the Cards the momentum to bury us. Cannot say enough good things about the jobs some of these young SP/RP’s have given us through his tough stretch.

Travis Persinger

When it rains, it pours. And right now, its pouring. Can Polanco pitch, play as a LH SS, and play RF?

Just making light of the fact that it’s going to have to be more than just him to turn this funk and injury bug around. But he obviously helps 🙂

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