Game 46: Liriano will rejoin the rotation

MINNEAPOLIS — Francisco Liriano is headed back to the rotation.

Following five relief appearances after struggling in six starts to begin the season, the left-hander will take right-hander Anthony Swarzak’s spot in the rotation and will start on Wednesday against the A’s at Target Field.

“I’m just looking forward to the start,” Liriano said. “I’ve always been a starter. It’s what I want to do so I’m pretty happy. So I’m looking forward to doing my job and getting better.”

Liriano was moved to the bullpen after posting a 9.45 ERA in 26 2/3 innings as a starter. He fared better as a reliever with a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 innings but still had trouble with his control, as he walked seven and struck out nine.

He allowed four runs on five hit over 2 2/3 innings against the Tigers last night but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire still saw enough from him that he wants him back in the rotation.

“We liked the way he was handling himself out there, and he needs to get back out there,” Gardenhire said. “We need him in our rotation. We can’t just keep bouncing around from guy to guy.”

Liriano said the move to the bullpen helped him get his mechanics in order and also helped him clear his head after the rough start to the season.

“Mentally and physically I’m fine,” Liriano said. “I stayed positive and didn’t lose my confidence. So I’m just looking forward to Wednesday and trying to get better at everything.”

Swarzak, meanwhile, will head back to the bullpen after giving up six runs over 3 2/3 innings against the Tigers last night. He was not at Target Field today, as he was home dealing with flu-like symptoms.

Tigers (21-24)
1. Quintin Berry, CF
2. Andy Dirks, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Brennan Boesch, RF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

RHP Max Scherzer (3-5, 5.73 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 48 2/3 IP, 63 K, 19 BB, 8 HR)

Twins (15-30)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Brian Dozier, SS
7. Alexi Casilla, 2B
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Jamey Carroll, 3B

RHP Carl Pavano (2-3, 4.91 ERA, 4.07 FIP, 55 IP, 29 K, 7 B, 7 HR)

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