There is no timetable for the return of Blue Jays left-hander Francisco Liriano, who suffered a concussion in the club’s 5-3 win over Texas on Friday, per team trainer George Poulis (via Jeff Blair of Sportsnet). The injury is the result of an eighth-inning Carlos Gomez line drive that struck the back of Liriano’s head and knocked him out of the game after he retired one batter and allowed two earned runs, two hits and a walk. The Jays could drop Liriano from their ALDS roster and get him back for the ALCS if they ultimately close out the Rangers, whom they lead 2-0 in the best-of-five series. Liriano would first have to pass Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol, however.
Now the latest from Boston:
- In an expansive interview with Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski expressed confidence about the club’s long-term outlook. The Red Sox are “pretty solidified” from a position player perspective, said Dombrowski, though he acknowledged that trying to replace what retiring designated hitter David Ortiz has brought to the table as a producer and leader will be nearly impossible. Dombrowski also noted that the Sox have five starting pitchers – David Price, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright, Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz – under control for the next couple years. It remains to be seen where that will leave Clay Buchholz, who will attempt to keep the Red Sox alive when he starts Game 3 of the ALDS in Cleveland on Sunday. The Red Sox will have a decision to make after the season on Buchholz’s $13.5MM club option. Buchholz spent time in the bullpen this year, and Dombrowski doesn’t seem worried about his group of relievers going forward. “The bullpen, we’ve got (Craig) Kimbrel set up and some other good arms out there. We’re going to lose some bullpen guys, but that’s not quite as big an area [to fill],” added Dombrowski. Koji Uehara, Brad Ziegler, Junichi Tazawa, all of whom have experienced success in Boston, are each scheduled to hit the open market after the season.
- The Red Sox finished third in the AL in wins and first in run differential during the regular season, but with the team facing a sweep, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald wonders if Dombrowski did enough to bolster the roster over the summer. In-season trade pickups Pomeranz, Fernando Abad and Aaron Hill haven’t contributed as much as Boston hoped they would since acquiring them, with Abad having missed the cut for Boston’s ALDS roster. Drellich asked Dombrowski if he should have made more significant summer deals, but the executive is content with the moves he made. “No, I’m comfortable with what we did, sure,” he said. “I don’t know what you mean ‘bigger.’ We led the league in runs scored, we were one of the best in pitching.”