Francisco Liriano has a clean bill of health, more than a year removed from ligament-replacement surgery.
"I'm throwing all my pitches now," said Liriano, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Sliders, changeups, everything -- no problem."
Silva signed a $48-million, four-year contract with the Mariners in December.
But Liriano, who went 12-3 in 2006 before a sore elbow ended his rookie season, says he's showing no side effects 14 months after Tommy John surgery.
"There is nothing to tell anymore, because my arm feels great now," said Liriano. "I can't say it hurts this much, or I still have this work to do, anything like that. I think I'm ready to go, right now. There is no soreness, no pain, nothing. It's the same every time I throw -- there's nothing for me to say because I can pitch normally."
"It's funny to think about it like that," said Baker, whose 9-9 season in 2007 included eight perfect innings in August against the Royals. "I guess I'm as ready as I'm going to be."
But beyond Santana's status, the Twins' fortunes on the mound in 2008 hinge on Liriano's possible re-emergence. And the Dominican says he's "in shape" and raring to go.
"My arm is great," he said. "There's nothing more to do. I will try my best to be the same guy I was [in 2006]."