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Pirates notebook: Liriano looking forward to fresh start

| Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7:42 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Orioles on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at PNC Park.

Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano will open the second half starting against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, and he hopes the later months of the season go better than the earlier ones did.

“Tomorrow's a start-over for me to just go out, try to go as deep as I can again, and hopefully, everything goes the way I want it to and I can keep the team in the ballgame,” Liriano said. “Just try and go out, get a fresh start and try not to do too much.”

Liriano returned to the rotation Sunday for the Pirates' final game before the All-Star break after missing a month with a strained oblique. He made it only four innings, walked six and gave up three runs and fell to 1-7 on the season in 15 starts. He was 9-3 (12 starts) in the first half of 2013.

“I just have to put it behind me and move forward,” he said.

Liriano said he was able to stay in his routine during the break and felt good after his first start since June 10.

“Everything's fine,” he said. “I'm ready to go.”

Barmes easing back into motion

Shortstop Clint Barmes is up and walking around without pain. On Thursday, he hoped to get the go-ahead to start increasing his workload. Barmes, who went on the disabled list with a groin injury in early July (retroactive to June 30) also has been riding the bike pain-free. Still, he hasn't tested the injury with any lateral movement.

“They'll test me on range of motion, stretch it out a little bit and go from there,” said Barmes, who is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Bits and pieces

Gerrit Cole was on his way out to throw a side session prior to the rest of the team taking the field for a 6 p.m. workout Thursday. … Starling Marte was reinstated from the bereavement list, and outfielder Jaff Decker was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. … Andrew Lambo was reinstated from the disabled list in Indianapolis (thumb surgery) and was in the lineup as the designated hitter.

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kprice@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

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