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Francisco Liriano says he broke his arm slamming it into a door to scare his kids

Francisco-Liriano-White-SoxFrancisco Liriano was set to sign a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates this offseason, but the deal nearly fell apart when the left-hander suffered a broken arm. Fortunately the injury is to Liriano’s right arm, so he ended up agreeing to a one-year deal with the Pirates with a team option for 2014.

What makes Liriano’s broken arm so bizarre are the stories that have come along with it. A few weeks ago, a Dominican newspaper reported that Liriano fractured his right arm after he slipped and fell in a bathroom. The 29-year-old said that is not what happened at all, but that doesn’t make the injury any less of a fluke.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Liriano said he broke his arm while intentionally slamming it into a door on Christmas Day in an attempt to scare his children, who were in the room next door. The left-hander said he felt little pain at first but decided he needed to go to the hospital after about 20 minutes.

“I was surprised when I got to the hospital and they told me it was broken,” he explained.

Liriano said that his agent, Greg Genske, couldn’t believe it when he told him what had happened and that he would not be able to make the trip to Pittsburgh for his physical with the Pirates. He also said that he never spoke with anyone in the Dominican Republic about the injury, so he has no idea where the report from El Caribe came from.

Believe it or not, Liriano is not the first athlete to suffer an injury while playing with his children. Remember when this Yankees reliever suffered an extremely serious injury while jumping on a trampoline with his son? Or how about this pitcher who broke his toes while playing with his children? Apparently there’s something about MLB pitchers playing with their kids that is incredibly dangerous.

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Francisco Liriano reportedly fractured his arm in a bathroom fall

Francisco-Liriano-White-SoxThe Pittsburgh Pirates signed pitcher Francisco Liriano to a two-year, $12.75 million deal this offseason. Liriano was once one of the most promising young pitchers in the game, but his inability to stay healthy has led to an overall disappointing career thus far. To make matters worse, not all of the injuries he has suffered are baseball related.

Liriano suffered an undisclosed right arm injury in late December, which recently resulted in the Pirates reworking some of the language in his contract. According to the Dominican newspaper El Caribe (via Tom Singer of MLB.com), Liriano fractured his non-throwing arm after taking a tumble in his bathroom.

The injury was reportedly to the humerus bone in Liriano’s upper right arm. Accoding to El Caribe, a “source close to the player” said that Liriano’s right arm is currently in a cast. However, he is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season since the injury was not to his throwing arm. I guess if you’re going to have a bathroom fall, it’s best to brace yourself with the arm that doesn’t make you millions of dollars.

As this Mets player will tell you, injuries that happen around the home are not unheard of.

H/T Hardball Talk

Francisco Liriano Is Officially Back

It’s been four years since Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano bolted from the bullpen to the starting rotation to become one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers. Liriano was trading off with fellow southpaw Johan Santana that summer in a competition of “top this,” where Francisco went 11-2 with a 1.70 ERA as a starter and Johan went 19-6 with a 2.77 ERA en route to his second Cy Young Award. Liriano never finished that season because of an elbow injury that ultimately led to Tommy John surgery.

Liriano missed all of the 2007 season because of the surgery and he returned to make 14 mediocre starts in 2008. Twins fans were hoping Liriano would return to his 2006 form last season, but Francisco struggled mightily and was demoted to the bullpen in August. While many people had written Liriano off as a contributor, he came out and dominated in the Dominican Winter Leagues, showing flashes of his ’06 form. Liriano proceeded to win the fifth starter job for the Twins and he has paid off in a major way.

Liriano went eight scoreless innings on Tuesday night to help the Twins shutout the Tigers 2-0. In fact, Francisco has now gone three straight starts (23 innings) without allowing a run. He’s 3-0 in that span and he has a 0.93 ERA on the season (he allowed three runs in a no-decision for his first start). Liriano also has a 24/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last three starts, allowing only 14 hits in that stretch. If that’s not the type of dominance we saw from Liriano back in 2006 then I don’t know what is. It remains to be seen if Liriano can keep this up but there’s no doubt that his re-emergence could be the difference maker for the Twins this season and that’s bad news for the rest of the AL Central.

Hi, I’m Francisco Liriano, Remember Me?

It was just about a year ago when Francisco Liriano was stuck in the Minnesota Twins bullpen, blowing hitters away while grabbing the occasional save (stress on the occasional). Then starting on May 19th, Liriano was hoisted from the depths of the pen to the gloriousness of the rotation. Francisco proceeded to go on an absurd run as a starter, posting an 11-2 record, striking out 93 batters in 79.2 innings of work. Liriano only allowed 15 runs during that span, good for a 1.70 ERA. In fact, Liriano was such a stud, he was giving Johan Santana a run for his money as the best pitcher in baseball. The two were on their way to forming the best pitching tandem in baseball since Randy Johnson/Curt Schilling, or Sandy Koufax/Don Drysdale for older fans.

Then at the beginning of August, most of the Twins future hopes came crashing down as a mystery injury befell the unfortunate Liriano. Nobody really knew what it was. It forced the young lefty to get season-ending Tommy John surgery on his elbow in the off-season. Well, with all that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that Liriano, yeah, that guy, remember him? Finally made an appearance in the Twins clubhouse, rejoining the team in Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Just wanted to pass that note along in case you had forgotten about him. Because I know I certainly had. And after watching him dominate unlike anyone else in the majors last year — Santana included — I desperately want to see him back and healthy again.