By La Velle
Twins general manager Bill Smith had the following to say about a certain rehabbing left-handed flamethrower: “He is healthy and he is strong. He has been given the go-ahead to prepare for spring training as he normally would.”
Francisco Liriano has thrown several bullpen sessions and has looked good enough for the Twins to put him on a regular schedule for next spring training (he’s even throwing sliders).
He certainly has a couple hurdles to get over, but the fact he could be warming up with the rest of squad in mid-February is encouraging to the club – Smith didn’t hesitate when I asked him about Franchise contributing next season.
For more details and other Twins notes, check out my notebook in Saturday’s paper (or wait a hour or so for it to be posted on the web)…
(photo courtesy of SportsIllustrated)