Tired of two years worth of fending off one injury after another, Francisco Liriano seriously considered taking the 2013 season off to let his body heal. But the Twins tried to talk him out of it, and the Pirates eventually succeeded.

Naturally, he immediately got hurt again.

“It’s so frustrating, because I want to be healthy,” the former Twins lefthander said Saturday. “But I’m getting better. I want to help this team.”

He wasn’t sure they would want him anymore after his bizarre Christmas Day injury. Liriano said he slammed into a door as a joke, intending to startle his young children. “I wanted to make a big noise, so I hit it hard. Ten minutes later, my arm was hurting,” Liriano said. “I went to the hospital, and they said it was broke. I’m just glad it was this arm.”

His upper right arm was in a cast for seven weeks, until the humerus bone healed. His contract, a two-year, $12.75 million deal, remained mostly intact, too, as long as there are no lingering effects from the broken arm.

Liriano said the Twins, who traded him to the White Sox at the trade deadline last July, offered him a two-year contract last winter, too, but the Pirates’ offer was better. Besides, he said, “I wanted to go to the National League. I wanted to try something different. For me, it’s a chance to kind of start over.”