August 7, 2006

Open Chat: Buzzkill

The bad news is that the Twins followed up a lopsided four-game sweep of the Royals by losing 9-3 to the Tigers last night, with Francisco Liriano giving up a career-worst 10 hits before being yanked after four innings.

The worse news, according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Francisco Liriano, Minnesota's rookie All-Star, is out indefinitely with what appears to be a left elbow injury.


In a quiet postgame clubhouse, Liriano, 22, seemed on the verge of tears, and his voice crackled as he described the pain, pointing to the inside of the elbow this time, beneath the muscle and possibly in the joint.


"I couldn't even throw the fastball, slider, changeup anything," Liriano said. "It bothered me every pitch I threw."

And to think, just 24 hours ago the Twins were perhaps at their highest point of the season.

So much for that.

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