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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Francisco Liriano pitched well against the Dodgers on Wednesday, holding them to one run over seven innings en route to his second win of the season.
Liriano didn't have the strikeout stuff working the way he did in his last start against the Rockies, but he limited the Dodgers to four hits and a pair of walks while fanning four. The lefty finished the seventh inning for the first time since April 21. Now with a 4.18 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 93/47 K/BB ratio, Liriano will look to keep it going against the Giants on the road next week. Jul 23 - 9:50 PM

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Francisco Liriano delivered a strong performance in a no-decision against the Rockies on Friday, allowing just one unearned run on three hits over his five frames.

The hard-throwing left-hander punched out eight on the night while issuing three free passes. While he's been inconsistent on the season, he has shown the ability to perform as one of the elite hurlers in the league when healthy, and needs to be owned and started in most mixed leagues. He'll take on the Dodgers at home his next time out.
Jul 19 - 12:26 AM

Francisco Liriano was wild in his return to the mound Sunday, walking six while allowing three runs over four innings against the Reds.

In his first start since June 10 due to a strained oblique, Liriano was a mixed bag. The six walks were a negative, but he gave up just three hits and struck out four over his four innings of work. Liriano struggled to a 4.72 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in the first half that included the oblique injury, so he'll look for a better showing in the season's second half.
Jul 13 - 6:42 PM

Pirates activated LHP Francisco Liriano from the 15-day disabled list.

Liriano will make his return to the Pirates' rotation on Sunday against the Reds after missing a month with a strained left oblique. He held a 4.60 ERA before going on the DL but is probably worth starting in fantasy leagues immediately against a Reds lineup that's missing a couple key pieces.
Jul 13 - 10:55 AM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) will return to the Pirates' starting rotation Sunday against the Reds.

Liriano wound up missing a month with a strained left oblique. He made a dominant rehab start Monday at Triple-A Indianapolis, fanning eight batters and allowing only three hits over six scoreless innings. Vance Worley has been moved to the Pittsburgh bullpen.
Jul 9 - 5:21 PM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) will return to the Pirates' starting rotation this weekend versus the Reds.

Liriano was fantastic in his rehab debut Monday at Triple-A Indianapolis, striking out eight batters and yielding only three hits over six scoreless innings against the Phillies' Triple-A team. The left-hander has been out since June 11 with a strained oblique.
Jul 8 - 5:20 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Thursday didn't want to commit to a timetable for Francisco Liriano (oblique) beyond Monday's rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Liriano is expected to get his pitch count up to around 85, so he'd probably be physically ready to rejoin the Pirates' rotation after that. However, Hurdle will wait to see how the lefty looks Monday before committing to anything. "I don't want to get in front of us," Hurdle explained. "I want to make sure that we're good with him and give him the time, the mound time that he needs to get confidence back in his body, his arm, his delivery and all those things. I think we'll just continue to take it one outing at a time and get his feedback as we continue to push forward."
Jul 4 - 9:38 AM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

He's set for five innings and/or 85 pitches. The Pirates had been considering bringing Liriano back without a rehab assignment, but obviously they've decided against it. He might only require just the one rehab start since he'll get his pitch count up pretty high Monday, so a return before the end of the first half is possible.
Jul 3 - 4:05 PM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) threw a successful four-inning simulated game on Wednesday afternoon.

"[There] seem to be no complications," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after the workout. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow and we'll map out something, probably eventually a rehab assignment." Liriano has been on the disabled list since June 11 with a strained oblique. He might be out through the All-Star break, depending on how many rehab starts the Bucs ask him to make.
Jul 3 - 10:41 AM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

Liriano felt good after a 52-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and is now ready for the next step. The left-hander has been out since June 11 with a strained oblique muscle. He might not require a rehab start.
Jul 1 - 4:45 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said that Francisco Liriano (oblique) "came through his side (session) very well" Sunday.

Liriano threw 52 pitches during the bullpen session and will now move on to a simulated game next. He's on track to rejoin the Pirates' rotation before the All-Star break.
Jun 29 - 1:42 PM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) threw a successful 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday afternoon.

"It went as well as you could hope," manager Clint Hurdle told reporters after the workout. Liriano has been on the disabled list since June 11 with a strained oblique. He should be back in the Pirates' rotation in early July.
Jun 26 - 3:54 PM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) could throw at full effort on Monday.

Liriano said Saturday that he's "been throwing for three days" and his strained left oblique is "getting better slowly." He's been playing catch from 80-90 feet, but it's not clear when he'll be ready to throw off a mound. "I've just got to take it slowly and not try to push too soon," Liriano said.
Jun 22 - 12:51 PM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) could play catch on Thursday.

The Pirates had been hoping he could resume throwing on Tuesday, but he evidently needs at least a couple more days. Liriano seems unlikely to return from his oblique strain before the end of the month.
Jun 17 - 8:05 PM

Francisco Liriano (oblique) could resume throwing as soon as Tuesday.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is trying to look at Liriano's disabled list stint as a good thing. "I think it’s actually good for him to unplug mentally," the skipper said. Throwing Tuesday would mean Liriano would have been shut down for a week with his oblique strain. It's possible he could return before the end of the month.
Jun 15 - 12:36 PM

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3B1Pedro Alvarez
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LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
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S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
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PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
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