After another horrendous bullpen collapse by the Twins in Friday night's 6-5 loss to the Angels, there was more deflating injury news at Target Field. Francisco Liriano has been scratched from Saturday's start because of a sore left shoulder. Manager Ron Gardenhire said he hopes Liriano misses only one start. Righthander Anthony Swarzak will take his turn against the Angels. Joe Nathan was unavailable to pitch Friday because of a tender right elbow. Gardenhire said if Nathan doesn't feel well enough to pitch Saturday, the Twins might need to place him on the disabled list. Jim Thome left Friday's game because of soreness in his right shoulder, and the Twins were contemplating a cortisone shot. As if the game itself wasn't bad enough, as the Twins sank to a major league worst 16-33. "It's about as tough a time in baseball as I've ever experienced," said Scott Baker, who handed a 5-0 lead over to the bullpen in the eighth. Last year, when the Twins setup relief corps included Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain, Jon Rauch and Brian Fuentes, they went 72-7 in games they led after the seventh inning. This year, after those four relievers departed via free agency, the Twins have led 20 games after the seventh inning, losing eight.
Francisco Liriano will miss Saturday's start, and Joe Nathan and Jim Thome are ailing again.
Minneapolis Star Tribune | May 28