Road to recovery has been painfully slow for Liriano
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The future of the Minnesota Twins' franchise watched telenovelas (Spanish-speaking soap operas) for entertainment and comfort; he went out to eat, often alone, to avoid a kitchen he could not navigate; and to break up the monotony of dining at local restaurants, twice a week he'd savor the taste of home-cooked Venezuelan dinners prepared by a teammate's wife.His life was often filled with loneliness and isolation in the months after he had Tommy John surgery in November 2006. But "The Franchise" (that's what Johan Santana used to call him) was anything but that when, in April 2007, thoughts raced through his mind about his career. In a thank-God-Minnesota-fans-didn't-know-this moment, Francisco Liriano revealed that last year he feared he might not pitch again.
It's the best slider I've ever seen. But it puts a lot of strain on your arm. He's got a changeup that's wonderful; it's close to a [Johan] Santana changeup.
-- Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson, about Francisco Liriano
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