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Pirates | Francisco Liriano pitching well in rehab

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Francisco Liriano (arm) struck out nine in six innings with Triple-A Indianapolis Tuesday, April 30. Sixty of his 82 pitches went for strikes, and he didn't walk a single hitter. Liriano struck out eight hitters in his first start with Indy last week. He's expected to throw 100 pitches in his third start for Indy Sunday, May 5, meaning he could join the team's rotation May 10. SP Jonathan Sanchez was designated for assignment Tuesday.

Fantasy Tip: Liriano is a very realistic option to take Sanchez's place in the starting rotation, so you should start making plans to acquire him in NL-only leagues if you're desperate for starters. The lack of walks in his rehab outings is encouraging, and if he can keep that up in his return to the majors, he'll be worthy of adding in mixed formats, too.

2013-04-30 13:02:10 | Source: - John Parker

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