Illness causes Francisco Liriano’s early exit


9:25 p.m. EDT: The Twins said it was actually Liriano’s recent illness that caused his departure after three innings.  Liriano, who was originally supposed to pitch Monday, was pushed back until today because of a sore throat and other flu-like symptoms.


Francisco Liriano was checked on by the Twins trainer with an apparent leg issue during an intentional walk in the third inning Tuesday and didn’t come back out for the fourth against the Tigers.

Liriano, who was coming off a no-hitter against the White Sox, gave up a two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta in the second inning, snapping his streak of hitless innings.  He went on to give up two more runs after the intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera in the third.

Liriano appeared to tweak the knee of his landing leg on the second pitch of the intentional walk, which ended up quite a bit higher and further off the plate than expected.  After two warmup throws, he made it clear he was fine to stay in.  However, given his struggles and history of arm problems, the Twins probably didn’t want to risk anything by letting him come back out for another inning.  He had thrown just 29 of his 59 pitches for strikes.

Brian Duensing, who was on his throw day in between starts, came in to begin the fourth inning with the Twins down 4-0.

Michael Conforto unlikely to be on the Mets’ Opening Day roster

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters today that it was “unlikely” that Michael Conforto will make the opening roster.

Not shocking given the shoulder surgery he had back in September, but given that he seems to be recovering more quickly than first anticipated, it was worth Alderson’s time to make the announcement. Indeed, back in December it was not expected that he’d see much if any game action at all during spring training, but here he is, playing DH today in the Mets game against the Cardinals.

Conforto missed the last six weeks of the 2017 season with a left shoulder injury and underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear of the posterior capsule in his shoulder. He finished the season batting .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 440 plate appearances. By the looks of things, he should be back some time in April.