Francisco Liriano is officially on the Pirates’ active roster and will be starting on Saturday afternoon in New York.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 11, 2013
Liriano, 29, agreed to a deal in December, but lost a lot of money by freakishly injuring his arm. A new contract was agreed upon, and he’ll only be making $1 million this season.
Here are the career numbers for the left-handed Liriano:
His numbers haven’t been good for a few years, although there’s some hope that he can succeed in the National League.
Here’s a scouting report from Pirates Prospects, which was written before the Bucs faced him at PNC Park in June of 2012:
[quote_box author=”” profession=””]“Liriano underwent Tommy John surgery late in 2006 and has battled inconsistent velocity ever since. That velocity is back up this season, after additional arm injuries hindered him in 2011… His four-seamer is pretty hittable, but his two-seamer shows good arm-side movement and has missed a ton of bats so far this year. Liriano’s nasty mid 80′s slider is his best strikeout pitch, with an elite whiff rate of about 42% in 2012. His mid 80′s changeup is also very difficult to put in play, giving him three legitimate strikeout pitches… Unfortunately for Liriano, his control has deserted him over the past two years. Since the beginning of 2011, Liriano’s 13.1% walk rate is the second highest among pitchers with at least 150 innings.”[/quote_box]
To make room for Liriano, the Pirates have sent Duke Welker back to Indianapolis. He was recalled on Wednesday, but did not see any game action. His Major League debut will have to wait.
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