By La Velle
Spoke with a Twins official who said Francisco Liriano twice hit 97 miles an hour during a recent bullpen session and pitched consistently at 92-95.
That shows that the arm strength is there. Twins GM Bill Smith said Liriano was at the consulate in Santo Domingo this morning, presumably to pick up documents. He’s still expected to travel Tuesday and be in camp on Wednesday.
That’s when the Twins will see if Liriano’s command of his fastball and other pitches is just as encouraging as the radar readings.
For those of you coming down to Florida, keep in mind that the three Boston home games and the one Yankees game are sold out. Twins president Dave St. Peter said today that over 100,000 tickets have been sold for spring games at Hammond Stadium.
It’s Twins vs. Concordia on Tuesday at 10:30 eastern on a back field here. The Twins will use 10 pitchers – three will pitch for Concordia. Gardy indicated that righthander Nick Blackburn will start for Concordia against the Twins.