Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Liriano will try to simplify things in 'pen
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox pitcher Francisco Liriano’s goal is to simplify things now that he’s been moved to the bullpen for the team’s series against the Detroit Tigers.
Francisco Liriano made five relief appearances with the Twins this season.
Liriano has struggled in recent weeks, allowing 10 runs and 15 walks in his past three starts.
“I think I was rushing things, trying to do too much, trying to be too fine to the plate instead of just going out there and pitching, thinking about too much stuff at one time, “Liriano said prior to Tuesday’s game. “Just trying to do my job, try to go to the bullpen and hope I can help the team win some ball games.
“I think sometimes I go out there try to do too much and I get myself in trouble. I need to relax, calm down and have some fun.”
Liriano was previously scheduled to start on Wednesday, but was replaced by Gavin Floyd, who is coming
off the 15-day disabled list. Liriano could return to the starting rotation during the team’s weekend series against the Minnesota Twins. He said he hasn’t been told by pitching coach Don Cooper when he will pitch next.
Liriano dealt with similar issues early in the season with the Twins. He began the year in the Twins’ rotation, but was moved to the bullpen after some early struggles. He eventually returned to the Twins as a starter before being traded to the White Sox.
“I’ve been there before,” Liriano said. “I just hope I can help the team win some ballgames.”
Cooper explained the decision on Monday.
“This isn't a demotion,” Cooper said. “We're going to have Frankie in the bullpen throughout this series, or at least for the first three games of the series. Obviously, we've been going through our bullpen a lot. We’ve got games to play, and we're going to play those games. Frankie's going to wind up going somewhere in the Minnesota series if he's not used in the bullpen here.
“Now's the time we've got to think out of the box, got to be flexible, got to see what we've got using our people the best way we can to try to win the game each night.”