So Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano is dealing with a sore shoulder early in spring training. His coaches are blaming it on him for not sticking to offseason routines.
Francisco Liriano’s shoulder problems stem from him not keeping up with strengthening exercises during the offseason.
Liriano threw several bullpen sessions in the weeks leading to the start of camp but came down with tendinitis just before he left his native Dominican Republic for Fort Myers. An MRI done in Miami showed no structural damage.
Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said he asked Liriano whether he did all of his shoulder exercises during the offseason, and Liriano said no.
“He’s been doing them here, and now his shoulder is strong,” Anderson said.
This is not exactly good news for Yankees fans hoping to see their team make a big splash by trading for this guy. It either means he’s lazy or irresponsible. There isn’t much excuse to make for a 27-year-old pitcher who has been in the league for five years and is supposed to be Minnesota’s ace.
Hopefully it is just a lapse in judgment, but if the Yankees are seriously going to consider trading for him this is the type of stuff they look for. Acquiring him would cost a lot of prospects, as there really aren’t many young left-handed pitchers with his stuff.
It’s unlikely that the Yankees would reach a deal for him any time soon though. The soonest it would go down is probably this July. Hopefully between now and then he can prove that he takes his job seriously and the Yankees don’t have to worry about giving up prospects for a question mark.