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Articles tagged: Francisco Liriano

Ron Gardenhire cracks joke about Franciso Liriano’s allergic reaction

Francisco Liriano was forced to leave the Detroit Tigers for a brief period last week after he suffered an allergic reaction, and the results of what caused it are in. If he was anything other than a professional baseball player, they would probably be less troubling.

On Wednesday, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire revealed that doctors told Liriano he is allergic to grass. OK, not exactly…

Since Liriano has never experienced something like that before, it seems safe to assume the chemical he reacted to is not used at the ballpark. Either way, the groundskeepers at Comerica Park should probably double-check which products they are using.

Liriano isn’t the first MLB player to be hospitalized for an allergic reaction this season, but we hope he’s the last.

10 potential MLB trade candidates

Manny Machado

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline may be over a month and a half away, but that doesn’t make it too early to start looking at names that could potentially wind up on the market or the teams that could be eager to sell them. With a big free agent class upcoming, some teams may simply cut bait while they can and grab as many good prospects as are offered to them. Big names like Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, and Cole Hamels could find themselves swapping uniforms come the end of July.

You only need to look at the impact Justin Verlander had on the Houston Astros last year to understand what a good trade can do for an organization. It’s likely that someone will have a similar effect on an eventual champion this season. Who will it be? Here are ten players who could be on the move.

1) Manny Machado, Orioles

Machado may end up being a rental, but what a rental he would be. Offensively, his contract year has been the best of his career so far; he’s hitting .327 with 18 home runs. He remains a gifted defender at shortstop and one of the game’s brightest stars. As such, he would cost someone a huge haul to land. He’s good enough though that he could put someone over the top. Maybe that team would even get a head start on convincing Machado to sign the huge contract he’ll get at the end of the year.

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Top 10 MLB trade deadline candidates

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The MLB trade deadline is nearly two and a half months away, but it isn’t too early to start assessing the market.

Teams are off to good and bad starts, and those struggling may soon have to confront the reality that they’re just not going to contend this season. Those that aren’t going to compete will likely be met with tempting offers to move impending free agents and other veterans who probably won’t factor into the team’s next title bid.

Here are 10 players who could find themselves on the move in July or earlier.

1. Yonder Alonso, 1B, Athletics

Another of the Oakland Athletics’ traditional discount signings, Alonso came in with a reputation as a light-hitting first baseman. He’s promptly homered 11 times in the first 32 games of 2017, which is already a career-high. The team will be hoping he keeps it up — not just because it helps them, but because it could boost his trade value.

Alonso is on an inexpensive one-year deal with Oakland, and the A’s almost certainly won’t be in contention come July. He’s batting .303 on the season with an OPS over 1.000 — certainly the kind of numbers that would interest any team.

If the first baseman can continue to demonstrate that he’s experiencing a surprise hitting renaissance, he could be a good fit for teams looking for an extra bat — or a solid glove at first base.

2. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers

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Francisco Liriano on track to return for ALCS Game 2

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Francisco Liriano appears to be close to returning to the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays roughly one week after a scary scene that saw him take a line drive to the back of his head/neck area.

A Blue Jays team spokesperson said on Thursday that Liriano made it through a bullpen session without issue and is on track for a return in ALCS Game 2 on Saturday, per John Lott of VICE Sports.

Liriano was diagnosed with a mild concussion after he was struck by a comebacker off the bat of Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez in Game 2 of the ALDS (video here) and had to be taken to the hospital. The Blue Jays would go on to sweep the Rangers in that divisional series and will be happy to have the former All-Star Liriano back in the mix for their ALCS showdown with the Cleveland Indians, which starts on Friday.

H/T Rotoworld

Francisco Liriano has mild concussion after taking line drive to head

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The news for Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano isn’t great, but it could have been much worse after he was hit in the back of the head by a line drive on Friday.

Blue Jays trainer George Poulis told reporters on Saturday that Liriano came away with a concussion.

You can see the scary incident here. Obviously this could keep Liriano out for a bit. It seems unlikely that he’ll return in the ALDS, even with Toronto up 2-0. His status for the ALCS, provided Toronto advances, is up in the air.

Francisco Liriano taken to hospital after line drive to head

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The Toronto Blue Jays are out to a 2-0 ALDS series lead after a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday, but their thoughts right now are with left-hander Francisco Liriano, who was forced to exit the game after taking a line drive to the head.

Liriano was on in relief in the bottom of the eighth inning when he was struck in the back of the head/neck area by a comebacker off the bat of Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet Magazine notes that the ball came off Gomez’s bat at 102 mph, but that Liriano was able to walk off fine. Nevertheless, Liriano has been taken to the hospital in an ambulance with his neck immobilized in a brace.

The 32-year-old Liriano had gone 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 10 regular season appearances for the Blue Jays since being acquired at the trade deadline. The team has yet to provide an official update on his condition.

Report: Francisco Liriano dealt to Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays apparently weren’t finished after trading for veteran right-hander Scott Feldman earlier in the day.

According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports on Monday, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired lefty Francisco Liriano from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette adds that righty Drew Hutchinson will be heading to the Pirates as part of the deal.

The 32-year-old Liriano hasn’t looked great in 21 starts for Pittsburgh in 2016. He’s just 6-11 with an ugly 5.46 ERA and a league-leading 69 walks issued. But the two-time Comeback Player of the Year can still miss bats and the Blue Jays rotation has skewed rather righty-heavy this season.

Liriano had drawn interest from the AL East before, and hopefully he can return to form for a 59-46 Blue Jays club knocking on the door of the division lead with less than 60 games left in the regular season.

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