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Postby sox 06 » Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:45 am

Aug 24 Michael Gluskin, of Minnesota.Twins.MLB.com, reports Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano (elbow) could return as a reliever if he is able to come back this season. Liriano had 12 appearances earlier this season as a reliever, going 1-0 with a 3.22 ERA and striking out 32 batters in 22 1/3 innings. He played catch again Wednesday, Aug. 23, and will continue to do so everyday.

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Postby sox 06 » Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:06 pm

I know Liriano is a great and I mean great starter but do you think he could be a lights out closer?
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Postby sixer03fan » Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:20 pm

yes. but he never will because he is a starter and because of a guy named joe nathan.
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Postby sox 06 » Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:25 pm

sixer03fan wrote:yes. but he never will because he is a starter and because of a guy named joe nathan.


Oh yeah I know this will never happen I was just wondering if it might turn into a Papelbon in reverse kind of thing. Just a hypothetical question.
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Postby BitterDodgerFan » Fri Aug 25, 2006 7:33 pm

lefties arent always a good thing to be a closer. ryan is the only guy that is lights out as a LHP closer. remember arthur rhodes?
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Postby Snakes Gould » Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:02 pm

i think comparing rhodes and ryan is a terrible idea considering rhodes has been quite terrible in ANY role lately. he could be a dominant setup man but joe nathan is one of the very best closers in the game, hes not a 30 somethin reliever with a history of injury problems with a fast ball that tops out at 88 mph, most likely less now.... (keith foulke)...so i dont think liriano will be stealing the closer's role anytime soon.... BUT i dont like the sound of this. sorta seems like what they want to do with kerry wood and rich harden, 2 guys who are terribly injury prone..
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Postby Ryno23 » Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:17 pm

If he is healthy enough to pitch, and assuming MIN stays in the hunt for a playoff spot, why would use him out of the bullpen and not as a starter? Their replacements haven't exactly lit the world on fire (although both Bonser and Garza looked good this week).
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Postby Mets1978 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:22 am

BitterDodgerFan wrote:lefties arent always a good thing to be a closer. ryan is the only guy that is lights out as a LHP closer. remember arthur rhodes?



Um, Billy Wagner?

oh yeah, and I sincerely hope Liriano makes some starts down the stretch.
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