The Blue Jays reliever had to leave the game after a 102 mph liner hit him in the neck.
Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano left Friday’s ALDS Game 2 after taking a line drive off the neck in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez lined a pitch right back at Liriano at 102 mph, deflecting off the lefthander’s neck and into rightfield. Mitch Moreland scored on the play to make the score 5–2.
Afterward, Liriano was walking around, rubbing his neck, and was removed by the team’s trainer. He left the dugout to head to the clubhouse for examination. He was taken to the ambulance on a stretcher with his neck in a brace.
The team said later Friday that Liriano had been cleared to fly home to Toronto with the team. ESPN reported “he was alert and looked like he was doing well,” and that Liriano texted friends and family to inform them that preliminary tests went smoothly.
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Liriano had thrown just 17 pitches after coming on in relief of Jason Grilli. He allowed a run on two hits and was replaced by closer Roberto Osuna.
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