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Twins place Francisco Liriano on DL with shoulder injury

Francisco Liriano

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano prepares to deliver his last pitch to Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the White Sox, Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Chicago. Liriano did not allow a hit in the Twins won 1-0. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


UPDATE: As expected, the Twins placed Liriano on the DL after today’s game.

Francisco Liriano and the Twins were hopeful that he’d miss just one start with shoulder soreness--and Anthony Swarzak nearly threw a no-hitter in his place Saturday--but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Liriano “did not feel well when he played catch before today’s game.”

According to Christensen “he will likely miss one more start, at least.” Presumably the Twins will place him on the disabled list, with the stint backdated to May 23, although Minnesota often delays putting guys on the shelf for as long as possible.

Swarzak will no doubt start in Liriano’s place again Thursday versus the Royals. The good news is that an MRI exam revealed only inflammation, although given Liriano’s overall struggles this season his dealing with arm problems again is no surprise.