Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Francisco Liriano to a minor league deal.
Liriano, who pitched for the Pirates from 2013-16, spent last season with the Tigers, where he posted a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 110/73 in 133.2 innings. He’s an innings eater at best now now, basically, and he hasn’t had a full season with a league average or better ERA+ since 2015.
There will be innings to eat in Pittsburgh, of course, so he stands a fairly decent shot of making the Pirates’ roster.
WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.
He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.
Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.
The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.
Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.