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Updated: May 30th, 2011 3:55pm
Francisco Liriano placed on DL; Twins recall RHP Anthony Slama

Francisco Liriano placed on DL; Twins recall RHP Anthony Slama

by Phil Mackey
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More bad news for the Minnesota Twins.

Left-hander Francisco Liriano was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with shoulder inflammation. The team has recalled right-hander Anthony Slama from Triple-A Rochester to fill the void. The move is retroactive to May 23.

Scratched from his start on Saturday, Liriano was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday in hopes of being able to make his start on Thursday in Kansas City. But Liriano told the Star Tribune that he still felt discomfort while trying to play catch prior to Monday's game in Detroit.

Anthony Swarzak, who nearly threw a no-hitter in Saturday's emergency start, will take the ball again on Thursday.

Slama missed a large chunk of spring training with elbow soreness, and he hasn't pitched particularly well for Rochester yet this season -- 24 1/3 innings, 24 strikeouts, 11 walks, 19 hits allowed and 10 earned runs allowed (3.70 ERA).

In his Triple-A career, however, Slama owns a 2.73 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 51 walks in 105 1/3 innings.

Slama pitched 4 2/3 innings with the Twins in 2010, giving up four earned runs on six hits and five walks while striking out five. Pitching coach Rick Anderson and manager Ron Gardenhire told Slama this offseason that he needs to do a better job holding runners on base and being more aggressive in the strike zone.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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