Twins left-hander Liriano set for another doctor's visit

Updated: November 2, 2006, 6:40 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano is going to see another doctor about his ailing elbow.

Liriano was traveling to California, the Twins said, for a Friday visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who serves as team orthopedist for the Los Angeles Angels. Yocum is a shoulder and elbow specialist who performs dozens of ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgeries each year.

Liriano, who went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA as a rookie this season, pitched only six innings over the final two months because of an injury that was diagnosed as a mild strain of the ulnar collateral ligament. Multiple MRI tests and meetings with specialists found no structural damage, but his soreness has persisted.

It's possible that Liriano will have the ligament replaced, a procedure famously known as Tommy John surgery that requires a year of rehabilitation.

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