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Updated: August 25th, 2011 1:19pm
Francisco Liriano headed to DL; Scott Diamond recalled to start Friday

Francisco Liriano headed to DL; Scott Diamond recalled to start Friday

by Judd Zulgad
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters Thursday morning he had never been involved in a season filled with so many injuries.

It only go worse later in the day.

Twins starter Francisco Liriano left the team's game against the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field after two innings because of a posterior strain in his thowing (left) shoulder.

After the game, the Twins announced Liriano would have an MRI and be placed on the disabled list, with Scott Diamond getting the call from Triple-A Rochester to start Friday's series opener against Detroit.

"It's very disappointing," Liriano said. "Not a good feeling at all. ... [It's] been sore for the last three or four days. And it was getting worse today."

Liriano -- who gave up a run, two hits, three walks and struck out two -- escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second inning, when he got J.J. Hardy to hit into a fielder's choice. He was replaced by Alex Burnett in the third, and said that the shoulder pain bothered him on every pitch. It's unclear if Liriano could end up being shut down for the season.

In the fourth, the Twins brought on right-hander Anthony Swarzak, who had been scheduled to start on Friday. Instead, it'll be Diamond, who allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in his first spot start for the Twins on July 18 against Cleveland.

In 123 innings this season at Rochester, Diamond is 4-14 with a 5.56 ERA, 90 strikeouts, 36 walks and a 1.58 WHIP.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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