Liriano exited Thursday's game against the Twins due to lower back tightness. This is good news for Liriano, who will become a free agent in the offseason. The injury won't prevent him from missing any time during the 2019 campaign.
Liriano left Thursday's game against the Twins with an undisclosed injury, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The team trainer came out to examine Liriano after he walked two consecutive batters in the third inning, and the decision was made to remove the 34-year-old lefty from the game. More news on the severity of Liriano's injury should emerge following further evaluation. He was making his final start of the 2018 season, so he's done pitching for the year regardless of the extent of the issue.
Liriano (5-10) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks across seven innings to earn the win Sunday against Cleveland. He struck out seven. Liriano allowed a run on three hits in the first inning before the home team plated another pair on two hits and two walks in the fourth. He settled down after that point and only allowed one other hitter to reach via a hit batsman the rest of the way. Liriano has now delivered back-to-back quality starts, striking out 14 and allowing just three earned runs across 13 innings in that span. The left-hander will make his next start Friday against the Royals.
Liriano (4-10) took the loss Monday against the Astros, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and four walks across six innings. He struck out seven. Liriano's control was a bit spotty, but he otherwise pitched well against a strong Houston lineup. All of the damage came in the third inning, when the Astros scored three times following an error by shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. That was plenty for ace Justin Verlander, and Liriano ended up getting saddled with a tough-luck loss in a 3-2 game. The veteran lefty has been solid in his last two outings, allowing just two earned runs in 11 innings of work with 12 strikeouts to lower his season ERA to 4.65. He'll look to continue the positive momentum in his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday in Cleveland.
Liriano is scheduled to make his next start Thursday against the Yankees, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The Tigers' open date in the schedule Monday allowed the team to shuffle its rotation, so manager Ron Gardenhire will have Matthew Boyd and Michael Fulmer start on their normal four days' rest Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, in Kansas City. That will afford seven days of rest between starts for Liriano, though it comes with the misfortune of matching up against one of baseball's top offenses in a hitter-friendly environment at Yankee Stadium.