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.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.