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