Francisco Liriano looked sharp through the first two innings against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday. However, once the third inning rolled around, Liriano walked the pitcher Tyler Lyons and then fell behind Matt Carpenter 3-0 before experiencing pain that would bring the trainers out to the mound.
It wasn't immediately clear where Liriano was experiencing pain, but both he and trainers appeared to agree that his day was done. It was later reported Liriano was experiencing dizziness and flu-like symptoms, which is a relief for the team.
This comes just after the Pirates placed closer Jason Grilli and starting catcher Russell Martin on the disabled list.
Liriano owned an 0-3 record with a 4.22 ERA entering the game against St. Louis. He was replaced by Stolmy Pimentel, who got out of a jam in the third. If Liriano is to miss a start or more, Pimentel should be the first to get a shot in the rotation. If the Pirates decide to promote another pitcher from Triple-A, Jeff Locke would be next in line.
Luckily for the Pirates, however, Liriano did not sustain an injury to his arm.
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