Jonathan Sanchez has at least one more start before Francisco Liriano returns. Photo credit: David Hague

Francisco Liriano had a great start on Thursday. He threw five innings for Indianapolis, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Jonathan Sanchez didn't have a good start on Friday. He was ejected from his start after allowing two homers in the first inning, then hitting Allen Craig with a pitch.

For Sanchez, that wasn't a fluke. On the season he has given up 16 earned runs in 11.1 innings. He's only made it through five innings once out of four starts, and it's leading to an overworked bullpen. The Pirates will eventually need to replace him, and Francisco Liriano would be an obvious choice after that last rehab start. The problem is that Liriano isn...

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