Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
4 days ago

Liriano, under the guidance of Jays' pitching coach Pete Walker, has worked on adjusting his release point to match what he'd done during his most successful years in Pittsburgh, SB Nation reports.

EDGE Analysis

Much of Liriano's late-season success last year in Toronto (after being acquired from Pittsburgh) was attributed to him reuniting with his former catcher Russell Martin, but there may be a better explanation. After two strong seasons, the southpaw struggled early in 2015 before being traded north of the border. Liriano and Walker identified a mechanical flaw that had the veteran opening his front shoulder too much and leaving his throwing arm hanging out to dry. A correction was made to have Liriano keep his front-side closed, and the 33-year-old ran off a stretch of four-straight quality starts to end 2016. Liriano's overall 4.69 ERA and 8-13 record from a year ago may lead many owners to undervalue him in upcoming drafts. However, there are indicators that would suggest Liriano may be back to the dominant form he displayed in his first two seasons with Pittsburgh (2014-2015).

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
4 months ago

Liriano (concussion) has been cleared and is available out of the bullpen Saturday, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was anticipated, and it gives the Blue Jays a quality left-handed arm with the potential to log multiple innings out of the bullpen going forward in the ALCS.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
4 months ago

Liriano (head) is listed on the Blue Jays' ALCS roster, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano has progressed well through his rehab from a concussion sustained during the ALDS, so he'll rejoin Toronto's playoff roster as expected. The left-hander is on track to return to the Blue Jays bullpen by Game 2.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
4 months ago

Liriano's (head) bullpen session Thursday went off with no issues and he is on track to return for Game 2 of the ALCS, John Lott of Vice Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano's expected return to the rotation for Game 2 is a major boon for the Blue Jays' staff. He'll face an Indians club that had a league-average OPS against southpaws on the season at .748. Provided that Liriano returns for Game 2, J.A. Happ would likely be pushed back to Game 3.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
4 months ago

Liriano (concussion) will throw a bullpen session Thursday, Shi Davidi of SportsNet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano's availability for the ALCS is contingent upon his upcoming workout. However, the team is optimistic that Liriano will be able to return to action heading into their upcoming series against the Indians.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
4 months ago

Liriano (concussion) expects to be activated from the disabled list Saturday when first eligible, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano was removed from the Blue Jays' ALDS roster and placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after being struck by a line drive last Friday, and it appears that will be the extent of his absence. Liriano will not be available for Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, but barring any setbacks, he should be able to pitch if needed during the remainder of the series.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
4 months ago

Liriano has been removed from the Blue Jays' postseason roster due to a concussion and replaced by right-handed pitcher Danny Barnes, Stefan Stevenson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano took a batted ball off his head in Friday's game against the Rangers and was immediately removed for concussion testing. He will be eligible to return for the league championship series, provided that he has been out of action for at least seven days.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
4 months ago

Liriano (head) is going through the MLB's concussion protocol Saturday, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

EDGE Analysis

This comes as no surprise, as Liriano was struck in the head/neck by a comebacker in Friday's game. He was released from the hospital and has rejoined the team, but he will now need to be symptom free for 24 hours before he is allowed to return to game action.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
4 months ago

Liriano (head) was released from the hospital after all tests were clear and traveled back to Toronto with the team Friday night, ESPN's Marly Rivera reports.

EDGE Analysis

He left Game 2 of the ALDS after being hit in the head/neck by a line drive single off the bat of Carlos Gomez. Liriano was able to walk off the field under his own power, but was immediately taken to a hospital for testing. It is unclear if he will be able to pitch again during the postseason.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
5 months ago

Liriano (head) was taken to the hospital via ambulance Friday for further examination, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano left Friday's ALDS matchup in the eighth inning after getting hit in the back of the head by a Carlos Gomez line drive, and it seems like the injury sustained has some severity to it. There are also reports that the left-hander was in a neck brace, although it's still unclear exactly what the injury is. Things should become clearer following his tests at the hospital.