Francisco Liriano came out to the mound for the sixth inning tonight against the Orioles, after throwing five scoreless frames. Then, with two outs in the sixth inning, Liriano looked like he landed funny on his leg, leading to a trip to the mound from Russell Martin, Clint Hurdle, and a trainer. Liriano left the game, walking off with no assistance. After his outing he said that everything was fine, and that he only left as a precaution.
"I just feel tight in my groin," Liriano said. "I didn't want to keep pitching like that. I think I'm going to be okay. Just see how I feel tomorrow and go from there."
Liriano noted that the groin was a little tight the whole game, but that it didn't get worse at all. He said he didn't want to push it, since his main focus was getting ready for Opening Day. He was wearing an ice pack around his leg in the locker room after his outing. The left-hander will be starting on Opening Day, giving him one more Spring Training start before that date.
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