The Padres designated Rymer Liriano for assignment after a disappointing 2015 campaign, and the Brewers claimed him off waivers. He put himself in the conversation for a starting role after a hot start to the spring, but his season ended in March when he suffered facial fractures and a concussion after getting hit by a pitch during a spring training game. Still just 25 years old, Liriano may again compete for a job this spring -- this time with the White Sox, who claimed him off waivers in October. He's displayed great raw power and a decent average in the minors, but that success didn't translate to his lone major league stint in 2014, so he may benefit from seeing regular at-bats at Triple-A Charlotte before returning to the big leagues. Nevertheless, he will battle for a 25-man roster spot this spring, and Liriano should be without restrictions after returning to the field for winter ball in the offseason.
Liriano (hamstring) is 1-for-6 with two walks and one RBI in two games since being activated from the disabled list. Liriano was placed on the 7-day DL last Saturday with Triple-A Charlotte due to an apparent hamstring injury, though it appears it wasn't anything too serious as he returned to action after the minimum seven days. Given the White Sox's lack of outfield depth, if he's able to hit well with Charlotte, his combination of power and speed could see him earn a promotion sometime this summer.
Liriano was placed on the 7-day DL on Saturday with Triple-A Charlotte. While the Charlotte Knights did not specify the nature of the injury, Liriano reportedly came up pulling his right hamstring after a groundout Thursday, so that is the presumed injury. He has some power and speed, and the White Sox are lacking in quality outfielders, so if he gets healthy and hits well with Charlotte, he could see a promotion this summer.
Liriano was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. The 26-year-old has plenty of raw power, but he failed to capitalize on it during spring training, as he was only able to muster a .170 batting average with a whopping 22 strikeouts in 22 games. Liriano will head back to the minors to try to cut down on the whiffs, which likely opens the door for Cody Asche to land a major-league roster spot as a reserve outfielder.
Liriano started in right field Saturday and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against Cleveland. When presumptive center field starter Charlie Tilson went down with a foot injury, the chances of Liriano and several other fringe outfielders were given a boost. Unfortunately for Liriano, he hasn't done much with the bat, hitting .170 with 18 strikeouts in 40 at-bats. Never mind a starting spot, Liriano's chances of a roster spot are quickly fading. Avisail Garcia is the presumed starter in right field while the center field competition between Peter Bourjos and Jacob May rages on as we approach the final week of camp. Because the White Sox are relatively thin in the outfield, Liriano could nab a bench spot, but both Cody Asche and Leury Garcia have out-hit him.
Liriano is 5-for-26 (.192) with two home-runs, four RBI and a 13:4 K:BB through 12 games this spring. After missing the entire 2016 season with a serious concussion and severe facial fractures, the 25-year-old is looking to once again make a push for an Opening Day spot, this time with the White Sox. With starting center fielder Charlie Tilson expected to start the season on the DL, Liriano's chances of cracking the 25-man roster improved mightily, however he hasn't done much to help his case. He owns a horrendous 50 percent K-rate so far this spring, although he has flashed the power that was lauded when he was a prospect in the Padres organization. Liriano still has time to turn things around, but he will really need to produce the second half of spring if he wants to avoid Triple-A to start the season.
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