Francisco Liriano wasn’t exactly sharp in his minor-league rehab start Sunday, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings at Triple-A, but apparently the Pirates are convinced he’s ready to go.
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Liriano is expected to make his Pirates debut Saturday against the Mets after missing the first six weeks of the season with a broken non-pitching arm.
Despite not being particularly sharp Sunday he’s fully stretched out, throwing 98 pitches, and Liriano was very good in his previous two Triple-A outings. Overall at Triple-A he has a 3.38 ERA and 23/1 K/BB ratio in 16 innings, so Sunday’s poor start aside he’s been pretty strong overall.
At the very least he can’t be any worse than Jonathan Sanchez.