By Joe Christensen
Francisco Liriano threw for about 15-20 minutes today in his second bullpen session in three days, and pitching coach Rick Anderson said the next step will be a live batting practice session Sunday.
Once again, Liriano did not throw full-throttle.
“I told him, ‘Just remember, spring training for you is the same as it is for everyone else, ‘ ” Anderson said. “It’s a progression. You don’t want to start up on top. You start with everyone else.”
Liriano later told us he was throwing harder in the Dominican Republic, before coming to Florida, because he was pitching in games.
“They told me to take it easy,” Liriano said. “We’ve got a month to go, you know.”
Manager Ron Gardenhire did not watch the bullpen session but noted Liriano’s struggles in the fielding drills.
“He’s obviously a little behind on his PFP [pitcher fielding practice],” Gardenhire said. “He’s a little sloppy. But hopefully he’ll get caught up and get in tune with that as we go along.
“He keeps saying he’s got a new glove. I keep saying, ‘You’re missing the ball. The ball’s coming 2 miles per hour, even with a new glove, you shouldn’t miss it. Get an old glove, son, because it looks ugly to me.’ “