article, the subject of most of the Pirates offseason drama, Francisco Liriano, hopes to be ready to pitch by May. Liriano agreed to terms on a deal with the Pirates back in December, but was unable to take a physical due to a broken non-throwing arm. The injury has been attributed to both a bathroom fall and Liriano's attempt to surprise his kids on Christmas by pounding on a door. Basically, who knows what actually happened.
created a need for the restructuring of Liriano's deal with the Pirates
and the negotiations encountered several hiccups. Finally, earlier
this month, the Pirates and Liriano reached an agreement for a unique
one year, incentive-laden deal with a vesting option (read more here).
Due to the nature of the injury, it was fairly clear that Liriano would
have to miss some time during the regular season. Now it's more clear;
Liriano will spend four weeks rehabilitating his broken right humerus
before he even throws a pitch. From there, he hopes to make his Pirates
debut in early May.