It’s too early for Minnesota Twins fans to hit the panic button. But in the early stages of spring training, starting pitchers Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano are already a little behind.
Baker is coming off of offseason surgery and believes he’s about a week behind the rest of the rotation. Not a big surprise. Certainly understandable.
Liriano got a lot of attention after complaining of shoulder soreness. In mid-Februrary it’s nothing to get too riled up about. But hardly good news for a starter that’s just a couple seasons removed from Tommy John surgery.
The Twins rotation faces a big test this season, and these two guys are at the forefront.
Baker must return to being that dependable starter that he mostly has been over the course of his career.
Liriano had a monster year in 2010, and the Twins certainly would like to see another one of those this season.
And considering the bullpen departures in the offseason, Minnesota this season moreso than last year will be needing the starting pitchers to work deep into ballgames.