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

Francisco Liriano cleared for Pirates Opening Day start


Pittsburgh Pirates starter Francisco Liriano was in danger of missing the team’s opening day game against the Chicago Cubs after suffering a groin injury during Spring Training, but the Buccos received some good news on Thursday.

According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, the Pirates left-hander has been medically cleared and will be able to take the mound for the team’s first game of the season.

It looked like Liriano’s 2014 campaign was going to begin on the disabled list much like a year ago, but the good news means the Pirates will be getting their ace and one of the best pitchers in the league just in time to start off their season on the right foot.

Last year, Liriano recorded a 3.02 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 161 innings.

Liriano is set to hit the open market at the end of the season, so putting together another impressive year could lead to a big pay day for the lefty as he prepares for the final stretch of his career.

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