Baseball Notes: Pitcher Francisco Liriano injured

Posted: January 10, 2013

Francisco Liriano may not be signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates after all. Liriano's agreed-to contract with the Pirates is in jeopardy after the pitcher injured his right arm around Christmas, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

According to the report, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington didn't disclose how Liriano - a lefthanded pitcher - got hurt or whether the injury would prevent him from being ready for the start of spring training on Feb. 12.

Ex-Phillie farmhand Jonathan Singleton suspended 50 games

Former Phillies minor-leaguer Jonathan Singleton, now with the Houston Astros organization, was suspended 50 games Wednesday after a second violation for a drug of abuse.

An outfielder and first baseman, Singleton was penalized by the commissioner's office. He was the first player banned this year under the minor-league drug program.

The 21-year-old Singleton hit .284 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs at double-A Corpus Christi. Singleton, who also plays the outfield, was traded by the Phillies to Houston in July 2011 in the deal for Hunter Pence.

There were 105 suspensions last year under the minor-league drug problem and eight under the major-league program.

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