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Ryan Vogelsong to Start Wednesday in Place of Francisco Liriano


The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Francisco Liriano is unable to make his scheduled start on Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers due to right hamstring discomfort. Ryan Vogelsong will make his first start for the Pirates in his place. Liriano is listed day-to-day at this point, so it sounds like it is a minor issue, but we will update this article if anything else comes up.

Vogelsong has pitched once this season, allowing two runs (one earned) over two innings on Friday night. The Pirates will hope to get a lot of innings out of him, as Juan Nicasio went just three innings on Tuesday afternoon. Kyle Lobstein, who is the other long man out of the bullpen, threw three innings and 59 pitches after Nicasio, so he will be unavailable. Cory Luebke also threw two innings, so he is unlikely to be used tomorrow.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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