Francisco Liriano Scratched From Start With Neck Tightness

After beginning warm up tosses prior to Saturday’s game, Francisco Liriano started back to the dugout and was scratched from tonight’s start. The word from the Pirates is neck tightness.┬áVance Worley made the emergency start in his place tonight against the Brewers.

UPDATE: Liriano said after the game that it was simply just tightness in his neck. He said that he’s had it happen before, when he hasn’t slept right. He said that the pain went away in a day or two in the past, but he will re-evaluate it tomorrow.

Clint Hurdle said that the plan is to keep the rotation as set going forward, and to re-evaluate Liriano on a day-by-day basis.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 18, 2015 10:06 pm

    We get within 2 – 7 to 5, Bastardo promptly gives them one back. He’s just not a very good reliever – too inconsistent, walks too many, and susceptible to the HR.

  • Could see Gorkys going down tomorrow for some short term bullpen help. Then Lombardozzi coming back next week.

    • Probably. When you put it into perspective their bullpen has gone 10 innings in 2 nights. Or at least after tonight they will have.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 18, 2015 9:13 pm

    I didn’t feel good about Worley starting and he didn’t disappoint. Blows an early 3 run lead he is given. He’s a mediocre pitcher….we need better. I’d like to see us get a LH reliever to replace Bastardo and someone to replace Worley. I’d like to see us move on from Morton and upgrade his spot but I know that is not happening. We’re stuck with him. Why do we play so poorly against the Brewers?

    • I hate the Brewers…really frustrating to see us come out of the break like this.

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        July 18, 2015 10:18 pm

        And though we had him on the ropes in the first inning, Jimmy Nelson ends up pitching a pretty good game. He;s Cy Young against the Pirates, and horrendous against the rest of the league.

  • Hopefully just going to miss this one start. Not a guy we can afford to lose for an extended period of time.