Liriano scratched with a sore forearm but not serious. Duensing to start

Posted on July 29th, 2009 – 3:27 PM
By La Velle

Lefthander Francisco Liriano has been scratched because of swelling in his left forearm. We’ll have more details later after Gardy has his presser around 5 p.m.

So it’s the battle of the replacement pitchers, as lefty Brian Duensing will start opposite of righthander Jose Contreras – who is filling in for righthander Bartolo Colon, who has been placed on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow. Lefthander Randy Williams has been called up from Class AAA Charlotte to replace him on the roster.

The most shocking development of the day is that the lineups have been released! Earliest of the season…

 Update: It’s officially being called forearm irriation and no one thinks it’s serious. If fact, the Twins plan to start Liriano on Wednesday at Cleveland. He’ll rest a couple days, then throw in the bullpen over the weekend.

Liriano even sounded upbeat as he talked about his condition.

Update 2: According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Freddy Sanchez has been told not to fly with the team to Phoenix and remain at AT&T Park.  Not good news for the Twins

White Sox (51-50)

1. Scott Podsednik, CF
2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
3. Jermaine Dye, RF
4. Paul Konerko, DH
5. Alexei Ramirez, SS
6. Mark Kotsay, 1B
7. Carlos Quentin, LF
8. Jayson Nix, 2B
9. Ramon Castro, C

Pitching: Jose Contreras, RHP

Twins (51-50)

1. Denard Span, LF
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Joe Crede, 3B
7. Carlos Gomez, CF
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Pitching: Brian Duensing, LHP

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