Liriano feels 'a lot better than last year'

Liriano feels 'a lot better than last year'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano made his first appearance at the club's Spring Training complex on Sunday, and said he's feeling healthy after pitching in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.

Liriano, who threw off the mound to catcher Rene Rivera, said his left shoulder isn't a concern like it was at this point last year.

"Nothing is bothering me right now," Liriano said. "Everything feels fine. So I feel a lot better than last year."

Liriano said he had a good experience pitching in the playoffs for Leones del Escogido, who ended up winning the title. He said he was happy to pitch in his native country again this offseason after not pitching there before last season.

"It's amazing pitching over there, and I'm feeling better," Liriano said. "It means a lot to me pitching over there. To go home and not pitch, it just doesn't feel the same as it does facing hitters."