Francisco Liriano left today's start early in the bottom of the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. Liriano came out to pitch the third inning, and went to a 3-0 count to Tyler Lyons. That's when Clint Hurdle and a trainer ran out to the mound to check on Liriano, followed by his removal from the game.
The Cardinals announcers said they didn't see anything wrong with Liriano, and speculated that it could be sickness or dizziness. No word yet from the Pirates on the reason for Liriano's early departure. You'd hope it would be something like sickness, since that wouldn't have any long-term impacts. If Liriano is actually injured, then the Pirates would be looking at Jeff Locke or Stolmy Pimentel to take his place. Pimentel came on to relieve Liriano.
UPDATE 5:58 PM: The Pirates have announced that Liriano left the game with dizziness and flu-like symptoms. So that's good news, as it means he probably won't miss his next start....
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