The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Francisco Liriano on the disabled list and have activated Stolmy Pimentel off the DL. Liriano suffered an oblique injury last night, and the time he will spend on the DL is unknown at this point. Pimentel got two rehab appearances, with his last one being three shutout innings in Altoona, giving up three hits, one walk, and striking out five.
It will be interesting to see what the Pirates do to replace Liriano in the rotation. Pimentel’s rehab saw one inning at Pirate City, two in Bradenton, and three in Altoona. They could possibly stretch him out further, going four innings the next time out, followed by a full start. Or they could just keep him as a reliever, and bring up Vance Worley, who has a 4.30 ERA in 46 innings in Triple-A, with a 43:4 K/BB ratio.