The Twins recalled right-hander Boof Bonser from Triple-A
Rochester on Wednesday to take Liriano's place in the rotation.
Bonser, beginning his third stint in the majors this season, is
scheduled to start on Saturday against Toronto.
Liriano is bothered by what the team is calling muscular
inflammation in his throwing elbow. Thursday's move will be made
retroactive to Tuesday.
After his previous start was skipped as a precaution, Liriano
threw only four innings in his last outing -- a 9-3 loss to Detroit
on Monday in which he gave up four runs and a season-high 10 hits.
Near tears after the game, he said the pain in his forearm had
grown worse and closer to his elbow. Liriano, 12-3 with a
league-leading 2.19 ERA, will have an extensive MRI exam Thursday.
"We'll have him all checked out," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire
said. "The one thing we know is that his arm is bothering him, so
we're going to give it plenty of time to rest. We're going to make
sure of that."
Gardenhire said it was too early to know whether Liriano will
pitch again this season.
"We'll do whatever is best for this young man's arm," he said.
Bonser is 2-3 with a 5.67 ERA in eight starts for the Twins, who
used him Aug. 2 when Liriano was scratched because of inflammation
in his forearm.
"The last time we brought him up, he pitched on four days rest
because we had some many injuries and uncertainties," Gardenhire
said. "If he uses all his pitches, he'll be fine."
Bonser was acquired after the 2003 season along with Liriano and
closer Joe Nathan from San Francisco for catcher A.J. Pierzynski
Top prospect Matt Garza, a right-hander recalled Tuesday from
Triple-A, is to make his major league debut Friday against the