CHICAGO -- Francisco Liriano exited the White Sox 4-2 victory over the Angels Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field after five innings because of a right quad contusion.
Liriano was struck by a Maicer Izturis grounder leading off the fifth, a ball that was hit with enough force that it rolled to shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who was unable to nail a sliding Izturis at first. Liriano made it through the inning, giving up just one run -- Izturis -- despite being checked twice by White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider and throwing some warmup pitches.
As the injured area started to cramp, the White Sox decided to remove Liriano after just 72 pitches. The team anticipates him making his next scheduled start.
"I was disappointed, but at the same time, things happen during the game," Liriano said. "I'm just really happy to be able to give the team a chance to win a ballgame. Winning is way better than losing, so it's fun to be here."
"He seems fine," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "It got him right in the leg just right above the knee, so it was in the muscle. It started to cramp up on him, so it was just a precaution. Take him out and making sure he's going to be all right."
Nate Jones, who serves as the White Sox de factor middle or long reliever with the team working in a six-man rotation, replaced the southpaw with the Angels ahead, 1-0. Liriano allowed one run on four hits, striking out four, and seemed ready to make his next start.
"Yeah, it looks like it," said Ventura. "I would say he's going to get his next start. Nothing on the bone. He's going to be fine."
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