UPDATE: Liriano has been placed on the disabled list, with the Twins calling up Scott Diamond from Triple-A for tomorrow’s spot start.
Francisco Liriano, who spent time on the disabled list in May and June with shoulder problems and has a lengthy history of assorted arm injuries, left today’s start against the Orioles after two innings with a strained shoulder.
Alex Burnett replaced Liriano in the third inning and then tomorrow’s scheduled starter, Anthony Swarzak, replaced him in the fourth inning, so the Twins’ rotation may be in for a major shakeup.
Or at least another major shakeup, as Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn are already on the disabled list.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.