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Twins to place Mike Pelfrey on the 15-day DL; Sam Deduno to start on Tuesday

May 2, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

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The Twins were pondering moving starter Mike Pelfrey from the starting rotation as the right-hander has been all kinds of awful through five starts. He has a 7.99 ERA with 18 unintentional walks and 10 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings. The team’s decision was made a little easier as Pelfrey will land on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.

MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins will make the roster move after Friday’s game. They are expected to recall a position player, and Sam Deduno will move into the rotation to replace Pelfrey.

Deduno, 30, had been serving out of the bullpen. In 18 2/3 innings, the right-hander posted a 2.89 ERA with 18 strikeouts and eight unintentional walks. He’ll make his first start of the season, in Pelfrey’s place, on Tuesday against the Indians on the road.

  1. ptfu - May 2, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Strained left groin? I thought they’re DL’ing him for having an inflamed ERA.

  2. roundballsquarebox24 - May 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    When Samuel Deduno has his command, he is lights out!

  3. hardkor07mn - May 3, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Aww, the old pulled groin trick. Just cut him and be done with it. He’s terrible

  4. bkunza - May 3, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Every time I see him pitch it’s painful to watch. It’s like he’s passing a kidney stone.

  5. schke - May 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    About time!

  6. 700levelvet - May 3, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Hands down… Willie Mays was the greatest 5 tool player who ever lived…

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