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.