Francisco Liriano made what could be his final rehabilitation start Sunday as he prepares to join the Pirates for the first time this weekend.
Liriano started for Class AAA Indianapolis and threw 98 pitches in five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. He gave up one home run, walked one and struck out six.
Liriano is on track to start Saturday against the Mets in New York, which because of a scheduled day off today is the next time the Pirates need a fifth starter. A broken right humerus (upper arm) sustained in the winter kept him from participating fully in spring training.
A start in New York looks appetizing, but you would be insane to consider Liriano in anything but a deep NL-only league. He hasn't been good for several years now, though he will inevitably have a hot month at some point.
Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
Nothing about his most recent game's stat line impresses me. It took Liriano about 100 pitches to get through five innings against minor league batters. During those five innings he allowed 8 base runners, including a home run, along with 4 earned runs. Liriano hasn't been a good fantasy pitcher in years, and I want no part of him on my team.
Analyst: FantasyBrad View Profile