Feb 26, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) reacts during the first inning against the New York Yankees at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Francisco Liriano leaves Pirates game with concern

In the top of the 6th inning of a Spring Training game that saw the Baltimore Orioles take on the Pittsburgh Pirates, Francisco Liriano was forced to leave the game.

Liriano had just caught Alexi Casilla trying to steal third base, but as he threw a 2-1 pitch to Adam Jones, he landed awkwardly on the mound. Catcher Russell Martin jumped up from behind the plate and beckoned the trainers and manager Clint Hurdle to come over to look at the Pirates’ ace.

Announcers on KDKA reported that Liriano appeared to be favoring his hamstring as he left the field. He was replaced with minor league pitcher Kenn Kasparek.

As it stands right now, Liriano is slated to be the Opening Day starter for the Pirates.

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