Pirates' Liriano OK with shaky spring debut

jlembo@bradenton.comFebruary 27, 2014 


Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano pitches during the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates spring training opener with the New York Yankees on Wednesday at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald


This time last year, Francisco Liriano was recovering from a freak offseason accident he suffered to his non-pitching arm. He didn't make a single spring training appearance, going to straight to rehab before landing in Pittsburgh.

So he wasn't too upset with his outing Wednesday, when he allowed two runs and three hits in one inning against the New York Yankees during each team's Grapefruit League opener.

"Physically, I feel 100 percent. My arm feels great," Liriano said. "Didn't throw any four-seamers today -- just two-seam. ... I'll mix it up in the next couple of games."

Liriano said he doesn't plan on deviating much from last year's preparation, which sounds like a good move: Liriano won 16 games, beat Cincinnati in a Wild Card playoff game and was named the National League's Comeback Player of the Year.

"I'm just trying to focus on the things I have to work on," Liriano said. "I'm just going to go out there and get ready for the season. ... We've got a pretty good starting rotation. Like I said, I'm just worried about getting myself ready for Opening Day."

-- John Lembo, Herald sports writer

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