Liriano headed back to Twins' rotation

Liriano headed back to Twins' rotation

Liriano headed back to Twins' rotation
MINNEAPOLIS -- Francisco Liriano is headed back to the Twins' rotation.

Following five relief appearances after struggling in six starts to begin the season, the left-hander will take right-hander Anthony Swarzak's spot in the rotation and will start on Wednesday against the A's at Target Field.

"I'm just looking forward to the start," Liriano said. "I've always been a starter. It's what I want to do, so I'm pretty happy. So I'm looking forward to doing my job and getting better."

Liriano was moved to the bullpen after posting a 9.45 ERA in 26 2/3 innings as a starter. He fared better as a reliever, with a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 innings, but still had trouble with his control, as he walked seven and struck out nine.

He allowed four runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings against the Tigers on Friday, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire still saw enough from him that he wants him back in the rotation.

"We liked the way he was handling himself out there, and he needs to get back out there," Gardenhire said. "We need him in our rotation. We can't just keep bouncing around from guy to guy."

Liriano said the move to the bullpen helped him get his mechanics in order, and also helped him clear his head after the rough start to the season.

"Mentally and physically I'm fine," Liriano said. "I stayed positive and didn't lose my confidence. So I'm just looking forward to Wednesday and trying to get better at everything."

Swarzak, meanwhile, will head back to the bullpen after giving up six runs over 3 2/3 innings against the Tigers on Friday. He was not at Target Field on Saturday, as he was home dealing with flu-like symptoms.