Liriano on board with decision to miss start

Liriano on board with decision to miss start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Left-hander Francisco Liriano said he's fine with the club's plan to have him skip a start this week to help him get back on track.

Liriano will instead throw two bullpen session under the guidance of pitching coach Rick Anderson before making his next start May 1 in Anaheim against the Angels.

"I'm going to throw a few bullpen [sessions] and see if I can get better," said Liriano, who is 0-3 with an 11.02 ERA in four starts. "I think it's a good idea for me. It gives me a chance to work on a few things I need to work on."

Liriano said he talked about the decision with manager Ron Gardenhire and Anderson during a 45-minute meeting on Monday. The southpaw said he feels fine physically, but added he needs to get a few things in order.

"I think it will help both my mechanics and being able to clear my head a little bit," Liriano said.

Liriano, who allowed five runs in five innings on Sunday against the Rays, has 12 strikeouts and 13 walks in 16 1/3 innings.