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Twins send WBC hero Samuel Deduno to minors

Mar 26, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Samuel Deduno starred for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, beating the United States and Puerto Rico in back-to-back starts, the latter of which won the tournament championship.

And now he’s headed to the minors.

He was in line to potentially begin the season as the Twins’ fifth starter because Scott Diamond is out with an elbow injury, but Deduno has been sidelined by a groin injury suffered during the WBC and today Minnesota reassigned him to minor-league camp.

Deduno was dropped from the 40-man roster four months ago and went unclaimed by the other 29 teams on waivers. He’ll likely get another chance in Minnesota at some point this season, if only because the Twins’ rotation looks to be one of the worst in the league again.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Another quirky decision by Twins management.

    • dluxxx - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      I wouldn’t call it quirky. Deduno pitched 13 innings in the WBC, and was away from the team for the majority of ST. He only pitched 1 inning for the Twins (1 hit 1 HBP 0 SO BB 0 ER) and has been hurt since coming back.

      Yes, he was pretty good in the WBC, but the Twins have had almost no time to evaluate him otherwise. As far as I know, he’s still injured, so my guess is that they get him stretched out a bit more and bring him up when they need to.

      I’m sure the Twins have some fat to trim on the 40 man roster, but they’d also have to make a move to add him back to it.

      So no, not really that quirky.

    • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Except for the part where he isn’t any good….yeah, totally weird decision. He’s nearly 30, pitched a grand total of 84 innings in MLB and has been a well below average pitcher doing it. He didn’t magically become good, he just got to face a bunch of non-MLB caliber players and MLB players that were in early-mid spring training form and did okay over a tiny sample.

      • dluxxx - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        Or that.

  2. bryco9 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Quirky doesn’t begin to describe this organization. Year after year after year they throw absolute garbage out on the mound and tell the fan base they expect to contend, it’s crap. Haven’t had a decent starter since Johan Santana, and they basically gave him away because they don’t believe in the simple fact that pitching wins games. Instead they dump money in a part time playing, home town, no power, single hitting, bum of a catcher. My twins, yes I’m a Minnesotan, will continue to be a annual 100 game losing club unless there is a complete overhaul in the front office and or ownership.

    • kopy - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      You must be a blast at parties.

    • dluxxx - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Want some cheese with that whine?

      This is exactly what I’m talking about when I say that I’m totally annoyed by most other Twins fans. This sense of entitlement is astounding.

    • raybrower - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      What kind of fool remains a “fan” of something that irritates them so much? You know what I don’t like? The Big Bang Theory. But I don’t go to TV message boards and waste my time making sure everyone knows that I don’t like it. And I certainly don’t watch it and then complain about it. That would make me crazy.

      But then I’m telling this to someone who doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to understand that Joe Mauer is a very, very good baseball player.

      • JB (the original) - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Yes, yes he is. You want to take him off our hands at a rate of $25M for the next 7 years? Since he’s so good and all? He very well may justify what he gets paid, but it doesn’t work well when his pay equals 25% of the payroll….

      • dluxxx - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        The same kind of fan who laments the leaving of Johan Santana and his oft injured arm (and $23 million contract) and bashes Joe Mauer’s $23 million contract in the same sentence.

        I guess I’d take Mauer’s contract over Johan’s any day. Even with the injuries to Mauer, we’ve gotten much more value.

    • mntreehugger - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      You forgot the part about Mauer being overpaid in your rant. Usually that is the lead topic in an anti-Twins piece

      • dluxxx - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Actaully he did. You must have missed the “part time playing, home town, no power, single hitting, bum of a catcher” part of the post.

        Don’t worry though. After the first few lines I started to hear the Charlie Brown “Waa Waa waa Waa Waa” sound.

      • mntreehugger - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Aha! I did miss that part, i was too busy getting angry. All is right in the world! I really thought he missed that part of the ‘ignorant baseball fan’ lecture.

  3. migoli - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Bottom line is Johan is always hurt now and there were rumors even when he was still a twin that maybe his shoulder was beginning to break down. Ever wonder why all the twins got was the package they got? So hard to read these short sighted comments sometimes

    • dluxxx - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Welcome to my world. I stopped reading anything at the Star Tribune sports section years ago because of “fans” like this. It seems that their paywall has caused the doom and gloom crew to spread out and find new boards to post thier drivel on.

      • kopy - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        It’s the folks who haven’t figured out how to reset cookies so they can browse more.

        Or just browse in InPrivate/Incognito Mode/Private Browsing and end the session and start a new one if you reach the limit.

    • hansob - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      The packages offered weren’t bad. They just chose the wrong one. The Red Sox were offering Lester/Masterson/Lowrie at minimum. And there were rumors about Robinson Cano and Clayton Kershaw perhaps being gettable. Especially Cano.

      • migoli - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        I remember a kemp package too but based on what they took makes me question if any of those Boston or NY or even dodger packages were ever real is all I’m saying

  4. bryco9 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Joe Mauer is good, but $20,000,000 is not what you pay “good” player, is it. I my opinion that kind of money should be reserved for the elite players, catchers that hit for average and knock, what 70 or so RBI, are not that. He got payed for one good year he hit for power and mainly cause he’s a home town boy. The club was scared of the back lash. I stopped watching after the Santana trade, and the fact that he’s worn out now doesn’t change the fact that this team hasn’t tried to get a good or even decent pitcher since.

    • ThatGuy - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Catchers that get on base 40 percent of the time are worth that.

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