Lefty Francisco Liriano being skipped

Updated: April 23, 2012, 8:08 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have decided to skip struggling left-hander Francisco Liriano's next turn and give him eight days to refocus before he starts again.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Monday he had a long talk with Liriano, who emerged "really confident" in the plan.

Gardenhire says he doesn't want to make Liriano a reliever, even temporarily. So he'll throw bullpen sessions Thursday and Saturday and return to the rotation May 1 when the Twins visit the Los Angeles ...

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