The left-hander missed last season while recovering from elbow
surgery. He labored through four innings in a start for Triple-A
Rochester on Tuesday night, throwing 88 pitches while allowing
three runs on five hits and walking three.
That shaky outing aside, Gardenhire said Liriano is healthy.
"Some people say he was not great," Gardenhire said. "We know
Frankie, too. You put him in at a higher level, he throws better.
He'll throw better for us than he will for them. That's a
The Twins may need a starter to fill in Sunday for Kevin Slowey,
who has a strained right biceps and missed a throwing session on
Wednesday. Liriano would be on schedule to pitch that day, but with
heavy rain forecast for Chicago on Thursday, the Twins were waiting
to make a decision. If the game gets postponed, they could move
their starters back a day.
"Right now, we're just going to be patient and not make any
decisions," Gardenhire said.