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Samuel Deduno sidelined with groin injury suffered during the World Baseball Classic

Mar 23, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

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Hanley Ramirez wasn’t the only player who suffered an injury during the World Baseball Classic championship game.

Samuel Deduno, who tossed five scoreless innings on Tuesday to lead the Dominican Republic to the title, has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League start on Sunday due to groin tightness. He first felt the symptoms while pitching in Tuesday’s title game, but he didn’t think it was all that serious initially. However, the Twins shut him down after he experienced renewed discomfort while throwing a bullpen session on Thursday.

With Scott Diamond headed for the disabled list after a minor setback following elbow surgery, Deduno was being looked at as a fifth starter candidate, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that he may now have to look in another direction.

“He didn’t think it was a big deal but it is a big deal because you can’t start with that,” Gardenhire said. “So now we’re on hold until he gets back off that. It kind of makes us ad-lib a little bit.”

Cole DeVries, Liam Hendriks and P.J. Walters are among the alternatives if Deduno’s symptoms persist.

Deduno, 29, posted a 4.44 ERA and 57/53 over 79 innings with the Twins last season. He’s coming off a strong performance during the World Baseball Classic in which he compiled a 0.69 ERA and 17/5 K/BB ratio in 13 innings.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Boy, the aftermath of the WBC is beginning to sound like the charnel forests around the Battle of the Wilderness during the American Civil War – rotting corpses growing waxy scrims of adipocere, pig piles of amputated gangrened limbs piling up outside the hospital tents, mountains of strained obliques and sprained lats heaped up on the trainers’ tables. All the survivors of those games ought to pose for one big collective daguerrotype.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I hope for his sake that it is not serious. After the WBC heroics, he deserves a chance to be in the Twins rotation.

    Another Dominican player with a minor injury from the last game is Edwin Encarnacion with a sore index finger. He is day to day.

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