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Carlos Santana Rescue

Mlb 2008 Season: Will Liriano be able to replace Santana?

The Minnesota Twins are going through a difficult time due to the loss of a part of his team, including the great Johan Santana, but despite the current situation, the picture does not look so devastating because Francisco Liriano is back after surgery on the elbow, which took place 17 months ago.

Some of his colleagues believe that the presence of the Dominican left-hander out of Venezuela provided Santana, who twice won the Cy Young and moved to New York Mets.

Today, Liriano faces the challenge of ensuring that everyone who is completely healthy and can repeat the impressive performance that showed the first time he entered the major leagues in 2006, throwing even better than Santana.

The Twins did not want to take risks with Liriano's health and ability are dealing with, recalling the experience of his debut. Francisco Liriano started in the major leagues with a 13-3 record and 2.16 ERA until he began to feel pain in the elbow. After a break from his return lasted just two innings, Liriano was rushed to the operating room undergoing a reconstruction of the elbow and completely losing the 2007 season.

The Minnesota Twins said Liriano can feel confident to completely recover the powerful on the left, a piece of great value to the rotation. While Liriano says arm is well believed that it took a lot of drums to avoid any inconvenience.

The return of the jug of 24-year-old, is of great importance for the Twins. In fact, he hopes to lead the team to a higher level within the jurisdiction of the American League Central Division.

Santana was not only the first game left, also Carlos Silva signed with Seattle as a free agent and Matt Garza moved to Tampa Bay.

Even with Liriano healthy, the rotation generates questioning opener especially by the inexperienced players, as is the case of Scott Baker (9-9, 4.26 ERA), Boof Bonser (8-12, 5.10) and Kevin Slowey (4-1, 4.73) . The veteran group is the right hand Livan Hernandez (11-11 and 4.93 ERA for Arizona). The bullpen Joe Nathan has a 4-2 record, 1.88 and 37 saves.

As Nathan is in his last year of the contract would not be a surprise to the Twins decide to terminate their services. Pat Neshek (7-2, 2.94) and Matt Guerrier (2-4, 2.35) rounded out his group of collaborators, expect the Juan Rincon to light after a year in which his ERA rose to 5.13, irrespective of 2.91 last year.

The Twins did not only lose pitchers, but center fielder Torii Hunter, who signed as free agent Los Angeles Angels. But in exchange you have a player who could be very useful in the long run left fielder Delmon Young (.288, 13 home runs and 93).

In addition, if the receiver Joe Mauer (.293, 7, 60 in 109 games) manages to avoid injury and Justin Morneau (.271, 31, 111) prevents the decrease of numbers would then be able to overcome the 718 races last year.

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Stephen Lars has been a prominent writer on daily MBL games , sports news and the sportsbook industry for many exceptional sport web sites. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

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