Blackburn to start Monday; Liriano pushed back with 'tired arm'
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Blackburn last pitched on Wednesday for Class-AAA Rochester, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings while striking out five. In four starts for Rochester, Blackburn had a 2.49 ERA with 13 strikeouts to six walks in 21 2/3 innings.
Gardenhire said Liriano -- who has not pitched beyond 5 2/3 innings in any of his last three starts -- skipped his last bullpen session because of a "tired arm," as the manager described it, so the extra rest should be beneficial.
"This is actually good," Gardenhire said. "Now (pitching coach Rick Anderson) can take him down there and throw a light bullpen (Monday). We talked to Liriano, and he likes the idea too.