Freshly Promoted, Liriano Wastes No Time


Although he went 0-for-2 in his big league debut, San Diego Padres’ outfielder Rymer Liriano made an impact–one that helped the Padres come back to win Monday night against the visiting Colorado Rockies. Liriano, whose primary language is Spanish, said through an interpreter that he was both surprised and honored to be promoted so quickly, especially after suffering and recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Looking to contribute right away, manager Bud Black inserted Liriano into the starting lineup Monday night. The 23-year-old struck out in his first at-bat, and then was plunked in a controversial review of instant replay. In his third appearance of the night, Liriano attempted to send the ball to right field, but pulled it just a bit, sending it to center field, but was still deep enough to score Padres’ first baseman Yonder Alonso. It was the first of what should be many, runs batted in for the young outfielder.

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The Padres have something to be proud of with the big league arrival of Rymer Liriano. He is the first graduate of the Padres’ Dominican Republic Academy to reach the major leagues. Liriano hopes that by his making it to the show, it will open the doors for other young Dominican players and give them hope to keep pursuing their dreams of playing big league baseball.